Quote from JerseyGirl
I am a pregnant LPN working in long term care as an agency nurse. One of the facilities I work at has a resident with respiratory MRSA under contact isolation precautions. The nurse in my doctor's office said it is unsafe for me to be in the room even if proper precautions are being taken. One of the RN's at this facility has told me that she has never heard of this and is refusing to make accomodations for me, going as far as trying to replace me for all the shifts I have lined up for the coming month. All the other RN's have been very accomodating. This particular RN is tight with the DON and I haven't been called back since. Has anyone else heard that pregnant nurses should not work with MRSA patients?
Check the facility's policy book. Their infection control policies have to be signed off on by their medical director.
If the policy says pregnant employees shouldn't be around MRSA patients then they have to accomodate you- until they call the agency and say not to send you until after you have the baby. You're not their staff- they don't have to use you.
If the policy says nothing about it, then you can't expect accomodation.
I agree with the other posters- so many people are walking around with MRSA, VRE, pseudomonas, etc etc- if exposure to these illnesses would harm your baby, I think your doctor would tell you stay in the house with the windows shut.
Safety is a good thing. Panic is not. Get the facts. Check the policy book there and any other facility you work at. Check the CDC's website. Maybe the professional groups that represent OB GYNs and ID specialists have websites with recommendations on this idea. It has certainly come up before and should have been addressed by now.