Quote from Tinksrn
Georgetown Hospital in DC has forced flu shots. I am a travel nurse and have went through signing my contract and submitting my paperwork just to find out that if I don't have a flu shot I can't go to the facility. Normally I would say- ok, no big deal I'll get the shot but, I am allergic to the shot and eggs. Despite that info and the offer to provide the facility a note from my doctor they continue to refuse to allow me to come to the facility. Is this not discrimination? How can they do this and get away with it? Please help!
First, you are a traveler - they can accept or decline you for virtually any reason. You do not have the normal protections afforded a staff nurse.
Second, in many areas, if a facility determines that a flu shot is reasonably warranted to safely work there and provide the care that is due, they can require it. In many hospitals, the employee handbook/job description lists the staffer as being able to lift a certain amount of weight. If you are not able to lift that much, they can legally bar you from the job. Granted, few actually test that but it is in many work description.
Do I agree with their requirement? No, but they have the right to set that requirement. Perhaps they figure that it is cheaper than providing N95s/fitting N95s for everyone.
As a traveler, I once nearly got kicked from a job, because CT in error sent them test results, that indicated that I might have TB, as part of the differential. The facility had actually violated HIPAA in accepting and using the data. It didn't matter - once they acquired it (in violation of HIPAA), they were required to bar me from pt care until TB was ruled out - thus they cancelled the assignment. It did get reinstated after I was bronched and shown negative.