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St. Mary's University nurse quits writing sick notes

Nov. 21, 2013 at 1:37 PM

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A nurse for a Nova Scotia university said a glut of fakers among the school's sick students has led her to quit signing excuse notes.

Jane Collins, nurse manager at the Student Health Center of St. Mary's University in Halifax, said she has signed hundreds of sick notes to excuse students from classes since she joined the school 19 years ago, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday.

However, Collins said a spike in the number of apparent fakers during fall midterms has led her to quit signing the excuses.

"It just seemed like there were the same students coming in all the time. Usually it's, 'I've been throwing up all night' and they looked so well. I'm like 'What, you're throwing up all night? You look awesome.' Or students say, 'I have a really bad cold, I couldn't possibly write my exam today and I have two tomorrow,'" Collins said. "It shouldn't be on me to absolve these guys from their exams."

Collins said students will still be able to get notes from their doctors. She said school officials have backed her decision.

"They've always said my notes were worthless," she said. "But they take them anyways."

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