It didn't dawn on me until just right now, don't ask me why, that my choice of NOT getting a flu shot will NOT get me into a nursing program. The director at my school of choice basically stated "it is a requirement that you receive one, however you can sign a declaration that you do not wish to receive one." Then I asked, "would that inhibit my chances of getting into the program?" She replied, "well, the facilities in which we work with it is required due to you working with elderly clients; If you do not wish to get the flu shot perhaps you should look into another career."
*****?? (excuse the language) I have worked in nursing homes, health centers, private duty, home health agencies, visiting nurses association, hospice AND THEY NEVER REQUIRED me to ever receive or even ASKED if I have obtained a flu shot!!! (mid 90's)
So, anyone please tell me my dream of becoming a nurse is already dead because I REFUSE to get a flu shot???!!! seriously??? I am so upset right now!!!
Feb 28, '13
by Stephalump, RN
The majority of our clinical spots require the flu shot. Mine does not, but you must wear a face mask while you're on the property during flu season. If my hospital ever requires the shot flat out, students will no longer be allowed in the program without one.
How exactly would you attend nursing school without any sort of clinical aspect?
I hate to say it, but you are so incredibly unimportant to a clinical site, you wouldn't believe it. They don't care what documentary you watched about vaccinations or how super badly you want to be a nurse. They want to cover their behinds, and part of that is protecting patients from the flu as much as reasonably possible. If you get the shot and still get the flu, nothing more could've been done. But let someone die because some random student takes exception to the rules? Um, no.
Choose your battles wisely. If the idea of getting flu shot is the worst thing ever - worse than losing a career in nursing - then go on your way and don't look back.
Last edit by Stephalump on Feb 28, '13