Just read Sick doctors who work are doing more harm to their patients than good. Presumably this applies to nurses too. It's the same culture. In nursing school I had to take an exam next to a trash can so I could throw up. Nobody found this weird. In my last job, if you called in three times in 6 months, you got fired. Period. So nurses in a critical care area, near fresh sternal wounds, were forced to come to work with high fevers or get fired. ES NO BUENO. My current hospital is either more altruistic or less willing to accept the risk of making more employees sick (a utilitarian approach), so unless you call in constantly, they don't seem to say anything. I don't think that's the norm, though. The policy at my last job seems more common given its acceptance, but holy crap that needs to change.