Has anyone left their employment due to mandatory vaccinations

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    I was wondering if any of my fellow nurses have left their place of employment because of mandated flu vaccination? If you have left, what and where did you go to work? I am very aware of the the statics for and and against the flu vaccine and do not have anything against voluntary vaccination, but I have great heartache about mandatory vaccincations. With that being said I am looking at changing careers even though I like what I do and was wondering what else is out there for a nurse that doesn't want the vaccine. Any personal experiences shared would be appreciated as well as options (other than getting the flu vaccine)

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    I've never left and have always gotten the flu shot. If we encourage our pts to get the flu shot we need to lead by example. I've never worked somewhere where it was forced, it's always been strongly encouraged and free to employees. Did you have to get the HepB series for school or work? It's along the same lines as that, except we're more likely to be exposed to the flu than to HepB (depending on where you work) and I don't think employers want nurses out sick for a week with the flu when there's a strong chance it could have been prevented.
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    I have never left a job because of mandatory vaccinations, I simply get them. OTOH, I have also never had any ethical, moral, medical or 'whatever' concerns about getting them. I have never been required to receive a flu vaccination, but have gladly taken them whenever offered to me free of charge.
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    Check out the posts in our Pandemic Flu forum.

    Nurse: 'I was fired for refusing flu shot'
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    This is such a controversial subject. I have written in other threads in this forum about how the flu shot was made mandatory in the middle of the semester at school (it wasn't mandatory at the beginning) and how I was given no option. I had to get the flu shot or be out of the program. I left the program over it. Now, I am in the process of trying to decide how to proceed as far as being financially reimbursed.
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    Quote from imjustme123
    This is such a controversial subject. I have written in other threads in this forum about how the flu shot was made mandatory in the middle of the semester at school (it wasn't mandatory at the beginning) and how I was given no option. I had to get the flu shot or be out of the program. I left the program over it. Now, I am in the process of trying to decide how to proceed as far as being financially reimbursed.
    Why wouldn't you agree to get flu shot? Is there a reason?
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    Quote from Born_2BRN
    Why wouldn't you agree to get flu shot? Is there a reason?
    Yes, there is a reason, but I don't really want to discuss my personal and specific reasons. I think the focus should be on that some people don't want to get it and are being forced to make a choice between their career and getting the flu shot. I don't think anyone should be forced to make that choice.
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    Researching a new career is always a good idea. It is a really poor excuse to claim you didn't know when you entered nursing school that you would have to comply with employer rules, including mandatory vaccinations if requested.

    So, for all the whiners and complainers --- No employer owes you a job. If you don't like the job requirements, pick a different field.
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    Quote from Laidback Al
    Researching a new career is always a good idea. It is a really poor excuse to claim you didn't know when you entered nursing school that you would have to comply with employer rules, including mandatory vaccinations if requested.

    So, for all the whiners and complainers --- No employer owes you a job. If you don't like the job requirements, pick a different field.
    I did my research. I knew that SOME employers would be fine with no flu shot. I planned to work for them after getting out of nursing school. Remember that the flu shot was NOT REQUIRED when I signed up and they changed the rules mid-stream. This has been admitted by the school.

    I think it is very obnoxious to accuse me of not doing my research, whining, complaining, expecting someone to owe me a job. It says a lot about you.
    Last edit by imjustme123 on Oct 22, '12
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    [QUOTE=imjustme123;6995989]I did my research. I knew that SOME employers would be fine with no flu shot. I planned to work for them after getting out of nursing school. Remember that the flu shot was NOT REQUIRED when I signed up and they changed the rules mid-stream. This has been admitted by the school.QUOTE]

    While I can understand being upset by the mid-program changing of the rules, your school may not have had any choice. In my community, several of the hospitals have gone "mandatory flu vaccine" and that applies to students as well. The schools had no say in that decision. If students who won't get the vaccine can't do clinical rotations, the school can't graduate them.


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