Smokers need not apply?
- 5Sep 12, '13 by nu rnSo I've reached my 2 year mark & getting a little restless, toying with the idea of moving into a different dept or facility. I was looking at a website for another hospital & they have posted that they will no longer hire anyone that uses nicotine which will be screened for during the employment physical. Not an issue for me, but I found the bold underlined statement a little jarring. I understand that in healthcare we want to promote healthy lifestyles, but dictating personal legal habits to employees is a bit of a push don't you think? Is this common in other areas & just reaching my neck of the woods?
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- 10Sep 12, '13 by roser13Do a search here on allnurses.com - it's been discussed quite a bit. And yes, it is becoming quite popular.
As is a mandated flu vaccine. Personally, I don't have issues with either one of those things, but both of them certainly get people up in arms.
I say, if you don't want to work for someone who mandates those things, don't apply there.
- 5Sep 12, '13 by KittyLovinRNMy hospital system has recently gone smoke free with hiring and sent an email out in July stating current employees have exactly 12 months to kick the habit. The argument I hear a lot from managers is that it cuts down (a lot) on breaks staff are taking outside of designated ones. Hospital nurses are given two 15-min paid and one 30-min unpaid (lunch) breaks...granted we all know these breaks are often a far cry from what other professions would call a "break". When I worked the floor I was constantly asked to watch patients of smokers, I hated it.
This year employees are forced to either get a flu vaccine or sign a waiver & take an online education module.
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- 6Sep 12, '13 by hherrnPart of it is likely due to health insurance.
If you ran a cab company, who you hire drivers who were at a high risk for accidents?
Assuming I am a hospital, why on earth would I hire a smoking nurse if I can find a non-smoking nurse?
- 2Sep 12, '13 by RNOTODAYhere in ct too. my employer has a policy to either get the flu vaccine, or sign the waiver and you MUST wear a MASK during the flu season at work if you dont get the vaccine. thats wear the mask EVERYWHERE on the premises!!! all day!!!. i was shocked. i just started there.
- 16Sep 12, '13 by Altra GuideQuote from Caribbean CharacterNo discrimination is present -- smokers are not a protected class.Discrimination. I don't see them blood testing for residual alcohol and refusing to hire anyone who drinks because they tend to call out with a hangover. ( no, I don't smoke)