If You Quit Your Job Rather than Get a Vaccine, What is Your Specialty?

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If you quit your job rather than get the vaccine, what is your specialty?

  1. 1. If you quit your job rather than get the vaccine, what is your specialty?

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      ICU
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      PCU
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      Med Surg
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      Covid unit
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      Oncology
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      Emergency Room
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      Womens (Women's surgery, Post Partum, NICU, L&D)
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      Post-Partum
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      NICU
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      NP or Masters degree/works with patients
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      NP or Masters degree, doesn't work directly w Patients.
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      Surgical unit (pre/post/day surgery, outpatient

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hherrn

2,416 Posts

I suspect you will only get a few replies here.

I think the anecdotal reports far overshadow the actual numbers.  I also think that nursing sucks so bad right now, that there are fence sitters who just don'tneed that much to push them off- so to speak.  

I am sure there are some out there, but of those who did quit, I wonder how many were commited and likely to be there in a year anyway?

ClaraRedheart, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 8 years experience. 358 Posts

On 11/26/2021 at 4:37 AM, hherrn said:

I suspect you will only get a few replies here.

I think the anecdotal reports far overshadow the actual numbers.  I also think that nursing sucks so bad right now, that there are fence sitters who just don'tneed that much to push them off- so to speak.  

I am sure there are some out there, but of those who did quit, I wonder how many were commited and likely to be there in a year anyway?

I have gotten very few and I'm not too surprised, though I thought I'd try. I have a hypothesis from reading the news.. 

Most of the sad facebook stories of nurses quitting over the vaccine requirement have not been from units that saw a high number of covid patients... L&D, NICU, etc. Those of us who worked directly and regularly with covid patients are usually happy to get vaccinated with what I've seen. I wish hospitals were more open with their numbers of which nurses are quitting and from where. I think headlines that say "nurses quitting in record numbers after covid vaccine requirements" are highly damaging to the effort to stem covid, and it implies that the "nurses" quitting have seen covid and know the risks involved. That's not always true.

nursej22, MSN, RN

Specializes in Public Health, TB. Has 37 years experience. 1,987 Posts

Many of the news stories I've seen say "healthcare personnel" are quitting over vaccine mandates, and equating this to nurses quitting. I suspect many of the personnel are aides, housekeepers, dietary, etc. who may not have the same level of science background as nurses. 

hherrn

2,416 Posts

On 11/29/2021 at 9:39 AM, nursej22 said:

Many of the news stories I've seen say "healthcare personnel" are quitting over vaccine mandates, and equating this to nurses quitting. I suspect many of the personnel are aides, housekeepers, dietary, etc. who may not have the same level of science background as nurses. 

In healthcare, as in the rest of society, the higher one's education, the more likely they are to be vaccinated.  Particularly if that education is science based.

In the hospital, the docs have extremely high vaccination rates.  I do not know this, but I suspect housekeeping and food service might be the lowest.

Even amongst nurses, I suspect you will find very few highly educated nurses not vaccinated.  I am not counting folks who misrepresent their education on an anonymous forum- I mean actual nurses.

And, yes, I agree.  For the most part, the more you have seen the damage caused, the more likely you are to accept the fact that vaccination is safe and effective, compared to the alternative.

macawake, MSN

Has 14 years experience. 2,078 Posts

On 11/29/2021 at 1:17 PM, hherrn said:

In healthcare, as in the rest of society, the higher one's education, the more likely they are to be vaccinated.  Particularly if that education is science based.

This is a fact. It might not be a fact that those who try to spread vaccine hesitancy feel overly ecstatic about but nonetheless, it is accurate. 

On 11/29/2021 at 1:17 PM, hherrn said:

In the hospital, the docs have extremely high vaccination rates.  I do not know this, but I suspect housekeeping and food service might be the lowest.

Even amongst nurses, I suspect you will find very few highly educated nurses not vaccinated.  I am not counting folks who misrepresent their education on an anonymous forum- I mean actual nurses.

This is anecdotal, but my coworkers are 100% either nurses with Master’s degrees or physicians and over 99% of us are vaccinated. The one holdout has a genuine medical contraindication. We don’t have any mandates so this was our choice. An easy one. 

SmilingBluEyes

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 25 years experience. 20,870 Posts

On 11/29/2021 at 1:17 PM, hherrn said:

In healthcare, as in the rest of society, the higher one's education, the more likely they are to be vaccinated.  Particularly if that education is science based.

In the hospital, the docs have extremely high vaccination rates.  I do not know this, but I suspect housekeeping and food service might be the lowest.

Even amongst nurses, I suspect you will find very few highly educated nurses not vaccinated.  I am not counting folks who misrepresent their education on an anonymous forum- I mean actual nurses.

And, yes, I agree.  For the most part, the more you have seen the damage caused, the more likely you are to accept the fact that vaccination is safe and effective, compared to the alternative.

I believe this is true. I can't think of a single doctor who did not get vaccinated (anecdote, I know). The nurses I know who have bachelor's degrees or higher have also all gotten vaccinated.

toomuchbaloney

Has 44 years experience. 7,905 Posts

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

Issac Asimov

Squidpdx, CNA, LPN

Specializes in Ambulatory Care, Community Health, HIV. Has 6 years experience. 69 Posts

I know of only one coworker who quit due to our mandate. We work in a primary care FQHC. Sadly she did not go quietly, and had already spread a bunch of misinformation about the vaccine to our patients. 

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SmilingBluEyes

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 25 years experience. 20,870 Posts

19 hours ago, Squidpdx said:

I know of only one coworker who quit due to our mandate. We work in a primary care FQHC. Sadly she did not go quietly, and had already spread a bunch of misinformation about the vaccine to our patients. 

Shame that happened. She better watch herself; she is risking her  license doing this!

Spinmass, ADN, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Has 6 years experience. 90 Posts

On 11/30/2021 at 2:01 PM, Squidpdx said:

I know of only one coworker who quit due to our mandate. We work in a primary care FQHC. Sadly she did not go quietly, and had already spread a bunch of misinformation about the vaccine to our patients. 

An FQHC is an incredibly vulnerable population to be spreading misinformation to. That nurse should have a license review by the BON... It is one thing to no get vaccinated (dumb I know) it is a complete different game to jeopardize the health and safety of a large group of people through misinformation as an HC provider.