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Staff sick with COVID-19 - what's your hospital policy?

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Has 7 years experience.

My hospital recently announced that if staff test positive for COVID-19 that the usual sick-leave policies apply, meaning you have to use your earned time to cover 2 weeks of missed work. As an RN who has tested and cared for COVID-19 positive patients with inadequate PPE, having to use my earned paid time off doesn't seem appropriate. What are your hospitals doing if you have known contact(s) with COVID-19 positive patients and you end up getting sick with COVID-19?

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

Most likely they are now looking at it as being in the community, so if staff were to become ill, there’s no way to prove the exposure occurred at work.

KCMnurse, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Educator. Has 37 years experience.

Sorry to hear this. Our system is enacting a policy that allows you to use paid admin leave if you have to quarantine. Let's hope more do this than force nurses to use their precious PTO.