Nurse: 'I was fired for refusing flu shot' - page 8

by DesertRN2

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    Hospitals that are making injections of any kind mandatory, should be required to inform potential employees of that mandate in the 1st interview. Please don't waste my time, I am not interested in your Flu Shots, or the potential job if this is a requirement.
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    Don't get the reason this is a debate at all. As HCPs we need things like:

    1. updated MMRs
    2. physicals
    3. TB tests with f/u if positive

    There's more, but it's late and I'm tired.

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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    Quote from GreyGull
    The flu shot is high recommended by the hospitals in my area. Once you got the shot, you got a sticker for your badge. If you did not want the shot, you signed acknowledging you would be required to wear a mask at work from the moment you entered the hospital until you left. Caught without the mask and no proof of the flu vaccination, you could be subject to disciplinary action which could lead up to termination.

    We've already got some flu patients in the ICU and several on the floors. This isn't a joke when it comes to protecting ourselves, our co-workers and the patients. I appreciate everyone's right to do what they want with their own bodies but there are times when you have to take the necessary precautions whether it is a mask or a flu shot.
    Sounds like the Scarlet letter to me. And what about Hippa? Are you not telling people your medical information by the stickers on your badge and the mask you wear??
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    Quote from wound warrier
    Sounds like the Scarlet letter to me. And what about Hippa? Are you not telling people your medical information by the stickers on your badge and the mask you wear??
    You tell them you have had PPD, MMR, Varicella, tetanus, smallpox, etc. just by being an employee.

    ... and it's voluntary. You are not forced to work there.
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    Quote from wound warrier
    Sounds like the Scarlet letter to me. And what about Hippa? Are you not telling people your medical information by the stickers on your badge and the mask you wear??
    I don't find that folks concerns about HIPAA carry a lot of weight when they are referring to it as "hippa". Assuming you did mean HIPAA, you can tell your health information to anyone you like, you just cannot disclose patient information except for certain situations. Since it is the employees decision to follow the rules and be employed, including wearing the badge, it is not a HIPAA violation, IMO.
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    Quote from One2gofst
    I don't find that folks concerns about HIPAA carry a lot of weight when they are referring to it as "hippa". Assuming you did mean HIPAA, you can tell your health information to anyone you like, you just cannot disclose patient information except for certain situations. Since it is the employees decision to follow the rules and be employed, including wearing the badge, it is not a HIPAA violation, IMO.
    "You can tell your health information to anyone you like" and what if I do not want to tell anyone my health information. Sorry that I wrote hippa and not HIPPA
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    Quote from wound warrier
    "You can tell your health information to anyone you like" and what if I do not want to tell anyone my health information. Sorry that I wrote hippa and not HIPPA
    Then you don't work at that facility.

    BTW, you still got it wrong...HIPAA!!!
    Last edit by One2gofst on Jan 12, '11
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    Quote from One2gofst
    Then you don't work at that facility.

    BTW, you still got it wrong...HIPAA!!!
    Not going to continue with this - I do wish you well and hope you have a great day.
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    Where I work, the admin pushes for greater numbers of vaccinated employees. It has become a major priority...but, Tdap is a non issue. We had to fight to at least provide for unit specific HCW, but it isn't required or....SAD.
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    Quote from KarmaWiseRaven
    No disrespect to you Ma'am i can see you can paste and copy and very good i may add. But can you tell me what you think in your own words about the topic at hand. Would you let your employer force you to get a flu shot? Or would you refuse and lose your job? I would love to hear what you have to say being a 30 yr nurse.
    Karma, as a 17 year nurse, and as a former military brat, I have more vaccines than I could count. And a couple have probably saved me many health issues/life.

    I currently work in a unit that mandates certain vaccines for the good of the pts and the staff. Having had
    a critically ill young pt clear her disease, only to develop the flu and die, most have no
    problem with it. Due to the nature of the case and surveillance studies, it was clear that the flu was acquired in
    during the hospitalization.

    Having worked with research and government facilities, with severely immunocompromised pts, I accept that if I want to work with that group, I need to be vaccinated. Otherwise, i need to work elsewhere.

    In addition, despite vaccination, we ALL wear masks in all of our pt rooms during flu/rsv season. Which in 2009, was year round.
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