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WGU and Flu Shot Declination Pre-Licensure BSN

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AnnieNP has 20 years experience as a MSN, NP and specializes in Adult Primary Care.

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On 1/11/2020 at 6:36 PM, CAFFEINEgtt said:

They only use my organization in FL, AdventHealth (Florida Hospital) for clinicals. There are campuses across the state. 

Do you have info on WGU itself? 

Also, we have not found flu declination is against WGU's policy as of yet.

Thanks for sharing your personal feelings, but do you work with WGU students?

Do you know anything pertaining to their policy?

I don't care about any school's policy.  My clinical site requires flu vaccines before accepting a student NP.

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JadedCPN has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU.

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On 1/11/2020 at 1:31 PM, CAFFEINEgtt said:

Before anti anti-vacxxers attack me, I have all other vacs required for the program! I do not want to get into a con/pro flu vac debate.

 

Not con/pro flu vac debate, just curious why you're okay with all over vaccines except for this particular one.

Regardless, many of the other posters are correct in their concerns and statements that you will likely have a hard time finding actual clinical placement even if you do happen to be accepted to a school. My advice would be to just get it done (even if you may not believe it works) since you've had all other required vaccines - unless you are allergic to it or have a strong religious opposition to it, it seems like a silly hill to die on and potentially jeopardize your entire nursing school career on. 

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RNNPICU has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PICU.

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As others have said, just because WGU may not require it, it is often clinical sites that have mandated that ALL nursing students and other students have the flu vaccine.  Even though some hospitals may have policies for their employees, you are not an employee.  You are a guest in their facility.  WHile not every single visitor to the hospital needs to show proof of the flu vaccine, you will be in clinical areas and provding care.  Even shadow experiences have to show proof of a flu vaccine. 

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BostonFNP is a APRN and specializes in Adult Internal Medicine.

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There is an easy way to get the correct answer on this: ask your program. If your program uses only one facility for clinical placements it will be an easy answer.  

Per the handbook available online: 
Influenza vaccine (or declination form): A seasonal flu vaccination is required on an annual basis. Declining the flu shot may preclude you from being able to attend clinical. If you choose to decline the flu shot, you must get a declination form from Health Placement at WGU. The completed form will need to be upload to your compliance account.

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48 minutes ago, Hyperflycemia said:

There is an easy way to get the correct answer on this: ask your program. If your program uses only one facility for clinical placements it will be an easy answer.  

Per the handbook available online: 
Influenza vaccine (or declination form): A seasonal flu vaccination is required on an annual basis. Declining the flu shot may preclude you from being able to attend clinical. If you choose to decline the flu shot, you must get a declination form from Health Placement at WGU. The completed form will need to be upload to your compliance account.

Thanks for responding.

Yea, I read this in the handbook, too. 

I'm asking for any info from anyone who has had any experience in this situation in regards to WGU. I think there aren't many WGU Florida prelicensure program students on this forum (not only on this subject but other topics as well). I'll reach out. Thank you!

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BostonFNP is a APRN and specializes in Adult Internal Medicine.

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3 minutes ago, CAFFEINEgtt said:

Thanks for responding.

Yea, I read this in the handbook, too. 

I'm asking for any info from anyone who has had any experience in this situation in regards to WGU. I think there aren't many WGU Florida prelicensure program students on this forum (not only on this subject but other topics as well). I'll reach out. Thank you!

The chances of connecting with another student from the same program with this same scenario is probably not likely. Why not just reach out to your program? Can get a definitive answer immediately. 

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meanmaryjean has 40 years experience as a DNP, RN and specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia.

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The definitive answer is the one from the handbook (posted above). You need to get a flu shot to go to clinical. Period. Complete sentence. 

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