Friends. I just recently started an acute care job on a high acuity floor. I am on week 2-ish of orientation. This is my first acute care job as an RN. I worked at a SNF right out of nursing school and was ecstatic to be moving on to the hospital after a long job search (new grads flood my area). Then COVID-19 rose to the level of threat we are at today. I am likely considered a "high risk" due to my medical history. I'm not immunocompromised, but have some other heart/lung things I'm monitored for. My family is now VERY concerned for my safety working in these current times, to the point of asking me to stay home/quit the job.
I'm at a loss. What are my options? How can I effectively refuse COVID patients? Can I? When I signed up to be an RN, I signed up to assume the risk(s) of the job. Also, as a brand new employee I fear my employer may just cut their losses if I bring something like this up. For reference, there are no confirmed cases in the county I work, but that's a matter of time. We'd be OK financially if I didn't work.. but with the new grad job market what is is here, I fear starting the search all over again. I'm not a quitter, never have been. That's why I'm struggling so bad with the idea of giving up what I worked so hard for. How can I turn my back on the profession at a time the need is the greatest?!
please chime in with your thoughts!