Pregnant nurses and Covid pt assignment

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by Lana717 Lana717, BSN Member Nurse

Specializes in Psych, Med-Surg. Has 12 years experience.

I was just informed about a Covid outbreak in my psych unit. Half of the pts are positive. I work part time and am scheduled to work a couple of days this week. I really want to ask for time off. I didn't get vaccinated yet because there's no data on effects on my baby, but I heard most staff already got vaccinated starting last Thursday at my hospital 

Do you know if pregnant nurses are assigned with Covid pts in your hospital? We don't have a policy at my hospital

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, Nursing Professional Development. Has 17 years experience. 5 Articles; 11,141 Posts

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chare

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Pregnant nurses are excluded from caring for COVID-19 positive patients or PUI.

Lana717

Lana717, BSN

Specializes in Psych, Med-Surg. Has 12 years experience. 18 Posts

1 hour ago, chare said:

Pregnant nurses are excluded from caring for COVID-19 positive patients or PUI.

Interesting. Thanks for responding! 

JadedCPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU. Has 16 years experience. 1,476 Posts

My facility follows the CDC guidelines which state "Based on what we know at this time, pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people. Additionally, pregnant people with COVID-19 might be at increased risk for other adverse outcomes, such as preterm birth."

However, there are many non-pregnant staff who also fall into the high risk category as well. In my observation, pregnant staff are definitely given more "preference" to not receive COVID patients, when possible, because their high-risk condition is visibly obvious compared to someone who, for example, is immunocompromised.