Vaccination Waiver Please Help Quick!! - page 3

I was just informed that our clinical rotation that we start in 4 weeks has just started requiring nursing students to get the flu vaccine. Can someone please help me find the right waiver... Read More

  1. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    In my experience, healthcare facilities are a lot stricter about students than they are about their own employees. With employees, there are all sorts of labor laws and due process requirements to consider when mandating different types of vaccinations, etc. There is no requirement for facilities to accept students to begin with, so they feel much freer to just refuse to accept any student(s) who are balking at their policies. And, if you can't complete your clinical rotations because the clinical facilities won't accept you, you can't finish nursing school.
  2. Visit  MickyB-RN profile page
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    I would ask your school. I waived all vaccinations and simply had to sign a paper.
  3. Visit  shortnorthstudent profile page
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    Quote from elkpark
    In my experience, healthcare facilities are a lot stricter about students than they are about their own employees. With employees, there are all sorts of labor laws and due process requirements to consider when mandating different types of vaccinations, etc. There is no requirement for facilities to accept students to begin with, so they feel much freer to just refuse to accept any student(s) who are balking at their policies. And, if you can't complete your clinical rotations because the clinical facilities won't accept you, you can't finish nursing school.
    I would agree with this. The hospitals where your college has clinical sites are concerned with their bottom line and that includes reducing their infection rates. They don't care about whether OP gets the flu. What they care about is the potential for OP to spread the flu within their facility. OP is not an employee and the facilities are not required to offer OP a clinical placement.

    OP, all the handwashing in the world isn't going to prevent you from catching the flu from the guy in line at the grocery store who coughs right in your face. You may not get all that ill, but before you even know you are, there are many potential ways you can spread influenza through the immunocompromised newborns and others in your clinical location.

    The rule is all about the patients.
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  4. Visit  EricJRN profile page
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    Quote from mama_d
    And I have to correct the above poster about severely immunocompromised pts having reverse airflow...I work with neutropenic pts all the time and we do take special precautions, but this is not one of them. Also keep in mind that some of these pts can have their WBC/ANC be okay, then suddenly tank in response to therapy given days ago. In an ideal world, we'd always have up to date info on our pts and be able to anticipate that, but it doesn't always happen.
    Sorry - that was not very clear of me at all. I wasn't trying to make up my own definition of severe immune compromise. ACIP guidelines, which are reflected in the FAQ's on the immunize.org link, state that providers may receive the LAIV unless they care for severely immunocompromised patients in a protected (reverse air flow) environment. I agree that there are patients outside of these environments with significant infection risk - no matter how we refer to them - but their nurses can receive Flumist per these guidelines.


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