Nurse: 'I was fired for refusing flu shot' - page 10

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    Quote from Anne36
    lineearthlinnker that does not make any sense. Do immunocompromised people go to the grocery store, church, or ANYWHERE? If ALL the other patients in the hospital are not reciving the same vaccines as the nurses, then surely they would be at huge risk by just being in the hospital. Are all the people they are around getting vaccinated? Do Nurses tend to get sicker or many more of these illnesses than the general population? I seriously doubt it.
    I would like to think that lineartthinker's point was a simple one, concern about the patient. A sick nurse would simply be inflicting another problem onto an already compromised patient. Aren't you all suppose to be first concerned about your patients?
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    Laidback, I cant argue that the patient comes first. No Nurse wants to infect her patient. That being said do you know how many people I have read on this forum who complain about being forced to work sick? If you are serious then Nurses would not be allowed to work sick.
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    Quote from Anne36
    Laidback, I cant argue that the patient comes first. No Nurse wants to infect her patient. That being said do you know how many people I have read on this forum who complain about being forced to work sick? If you are serious then Nurses would not be allowed to work sick.
    Of course vaccinations would help keep nursing staff from getting sick.

    I can't directly comment on the issue of nurses working while they are sick. I am not in the health care profession but I have certainly read enough posts here at allnurses to know that many nurses feel obligated to work while sick fearing for the loss of their jobs. It seems that administrators and supervisors also turn a blind eye and do not send sick nurses home because of staffing needs. There obviously needs to be a compromise solution that protects patients from infection by sick nurses and sick nurses deserve to call in sick and be treated like sick employees just like in any other industry or profession.
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    actually i think about my own saftey first and foremost..there is absolutley nothing in my job description that said i should expect to get injured or sick while at work.
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    Quote from RN1980
    there is absolutely nothing in my job description that said i should expect to get injured or sick while at work.
    All the more reason to be wary of slips, trips, and falls hazards and make sure you get all of your vaccinations of your own volition, not because you are required to have them.
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    laidback al, i agree with your "under your own volition"....you should not be forced to have a ******* flu shot under the threat of termination.
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    Quote from RN1980
    laidback al, i agree with your "under your own volition"....you should not be forced to have a ******* flu shot under the threat of termination.
    As has been mentioned countless times....no one is forced....everyone is free to work at a facility that does not include a seasonal flu shot as a requirement of employment.

    It just so happens it's an "employers market" right now. Employers are permitted to create whatever requirements of employment that they wish.
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    I just attended a conference on adult immunizations attended by close to 800 nurses. A physician from the Mayo Clinic spoke about mandatory HCW flu shots and made a convincing argument that it is an ethical and moral issue. He said that the only way to get HCW's to take a flu shot that have refused in past years is to make it mandatory. He said that all of the education in the world will probably not motivate. The yearly flu shot would be mandatory just like TB tests, hepatitis B etc. I have to tell you that he was cheered.
    Turd Ferguson likes this.
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    can't take it if you're allegic to it (or the growth medium.) So I guess people who want to decline need to become allergic.
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    As an American individual, you have the right to refuse the flu shot. As a compensated healthcare worker, you do not necessarily have the right to refuse what you want to. Does a construction worker have the right to refuse to wear a hardhat? You forfeit certain rights for safety's sake.

    If I was in a position to make the call, I would not hesitate to make it 100% mandatory unless you are fatally allergic. There are plenty of other employment options out there.
    lindy_ and Laidback Al like this.


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