Flu and missing class - page 2

I am currently in nursing school and have never had the flu or flu vaccine. My school only allows students to miss 1 clinical day. If you get sick and miss 2 or more days you are removed from the... Read More

  1. by   C0SM0
    Quote from Phlebotomist21
    I start clinicals in a few weeks and my college had a few students who opted to not have flu shots due to religious reasons. Thanks for the info, I'll changed my username
    I'm surprised your school gives people the option to not get a flu shot. My school required it or we were not allowed to go to clinicals.
  2. by   Rionoir
    Quote from C0SM0
    I'm surprised your school gives people the option to not get a flu shot. My school required it or we were not allowed to go to clinicals.
    Same. We even needed it before taking the CNA course.
  3. by   AceOfHearts<3
    Quote from 203bravo
    1st you need to understand the attendance policy --- there should be a difference between missing 2 days of "class" and 2 "clinical" days.

    Yes, the reason schools are so strict about missing clinical is because a certain number of clinical hours are required in order to take the NCLEX.
  4. by   OsceanSN2019
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    I am NOT being snarky- I am truly curious. If this is so (and I don't doubt you) why would you want to be a nurse? And have you Oscean had a flu shot?
    Haha, I got a flu shot (mandatory for clinicals). That's why I said my family were jehovahs witnesses and not me. Hence why I left my religion once I turned 18. So, they were against me becoming a nurse at first, but now they are getting used it.
  5. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from OsceanSN2019
    Haha, I got a flu shot (mandatory for clinicals). That's why I said my family were jehovahs witnesses and not me. Hence why I left my religion once I turned 18. So, they were against me becoming a nurse at first, but now they are getting used it.
    Thanks for your reply.
  6. by   lehaley1989
    Quote from C0SM0
    I'm surprised your school gives people the option to not get a flu shot. My school required it or we were not allowed to go to clinicals.
    I'm surprised by this as well. To be fair, it isn't my school that requires the flu shot. They make it well known that students are welcome to opt out, but that most (if not all) clinical sites require it. No flu shot = impossible to place in clinicals = eventual dismissal from the program.
  7. by   FullGlass
    As lehaley1989 pointed out, while your school may not require a flu shot, most, if not all, of your clinical sites will require the flu shot. If you can't get placed in clinical, you can't complete nursing school. End of story. In addition to the flu shot, you may require other vaccinations like rubella. I would be shocked if your nursing school would waive all vaccinations and your clinical sites certainly won't. My school required the flu shot and other shots, NO EXCEPTIONS.

    Even if you were somehow able to complete nursing school, it will be very difficult for you to get a nursing job if you refuse to get required vaccinations.

    With regard to missing clinical days, the policy is the policy. Sometimes, for extraordinary circumstances, an instructor, AT THEIR DISCRETION, may give you a chance to make up clinical hours. My school allowed this, but if you missed more than 2 clinical days, you had to repeat the clinical.

    Why on earth do you want to pursue nursing? Your refusal to get vaccinated not only endangers yourself, but more importantly, it could endanger your patients. Please consider another career. You can look into alternative health careers.

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