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Immunocompromised nurses and COVID-19


Does anyone know if there are any recommendations for how to manage healthcare workers who are immunocompromised during this covid-19 pandemic? I am a nurse in a long term care facility and the management has decided to designate my unit as "Covid-19 central"and plans to cohort all positive and suspected positive cases on my unit. I am immunocompromised because I have several chronic diseases, including respiratory disease. There are also several healthcare workers at my facility who are in the over 60 age group, putting them at increased risk as well.

We are a large facility and there are definitely enough staff to make accommodations for the staff members most at risk (older, sicker, pregnant, etc) although I am sure it would not be a staff satisfier.

Is there any guidance on what these healthcare workers should do? I have been told the fatality rate for persons such as myself is 1 in 10. My doctor says I should not care for covid-19 positive patients, but so far administration has not been interested in discussing the topic.

What is everyone else seeing and/or doing with this?

Which state are you working? I also got job offer in LTC FACILITY in NY but due to news about lack of PPE just scares me to death to even accept the job offer.

Your doctor will write a work waiver for you.

I'm not sure how that would works out financially but your life is the priority right now. If you qualify for FLMA, you can use to preserve the job option.

The Outlaw Josey Wompler

Specializes in ICU. Has 15 years experience.

Our facility is moving Immunocompromised RNs into non-clinical roles like calling patients re: outpatient COVID-19 test results.