I'm a new nurse (RN) and planning on specializing in pediatrics. I am curious on how most experienced nurses view/ deal with/educate/etc. parents who make the decision not to vaccinate, or to do limited vaccinations but do not follow the CDC schedule for vaccinations.
Thanks for your input!
Jan 22, '10
Yes, please don't tell a patient they are wrong or doing a disservice to their child for not vaccinating. I would wager that the vast majority of parents that do not vaccinate, have done a ton of research on their own. Believe it or not, it's very difficult to go against the grain and no one enjoys being openly chastised for their choices.
I think the best thing to do, is to educate yourself for the reasons why people do not. Read anti-vaccine books, even if you don't believe them. Read them and become familiar for the reasons. It's not just about autism, trust me. It's easier to help others when we are familiar with all sides. What you are taught in nursing/medical school for vaccinations is very one-sided.
Be understanding and listen to their concerns and choices. By not doing so, it only turns them off to their provider and creates riffs. Good luck!
Last edit by meadowsong on Jan 22, '10
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