Published Jul 19, 2020
Looking for advice. I'm clinic nurse now with med surg experience. I was told I'm being sent to a sister hospital's Covid unit. My employer has known for month that I've been under a doctor's care for asthma. I was told I can only be exempt if I have cancer or is pregnant. I'm afraid of contracting Covid and dying honestly! A good friend of mine died of Covid a few months ago, she also had asthma. TIA for any advice.
NewRN'16, ADN, RN
I work in a Covid unit and I'm scared too. I know that the disease can be deadly if exposed to a large viral load, even if you are a very healthy person.
I really don't know what to tell you. I have not refused to work on the Covid unit because I know it could easily be me laying in that bed, needing help.
You have to make that decision for yourself. No one can force you to work on a unit you don't want to. Worst comes to worst, find another job, nurses are still needed everywhere, not just on Covid units. Don't let them bully you. It is your life.
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