I am not a fan of the flu shot. I don't get it for myself or my kids. In my personal anecdotal non-scientific experience, I know a lot of people who get the shot and a lot who don't, and there is NO correlation there in terms of who gets the flu and who doesn't.
That said, a nurse working in critical care has an increased obligation to protect patients, and if she refuses it during the height of flu season, she should temporarily take on administrative duties instead of patient care.
I don't think firing her is the answer, though.
I don't get the flu shot but if that were my job and it was requested, I would get it.
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I thought about this some more last night. While I'll always support making health decisions based on our belief systems and our health I don't support what this nurse is doing. Just as I don't support a pharmacist not dispensing certain legal medications because it is against their belief system I think a nurse (and doctors) and anyone front line with sick people has the duty to take as many precautions as possible to halt the spread of disease. While the flu shot isn't going to stop all flu strains if it stops 2 that is 2 that do not get spread in the hospital.
I still think there should be a better resolution than firing.
Last edited by myyams; 01-05-2013 at 12:23 PM.
I agree with this (and work in healthcare). Some take all the precautions all the time, some take the precautions some of the time and some only do it if asked. Even basic handwashing is neglected by many never mond the 30 second scrub you are supposed to do. The amount of effort hospitals spend on campaigns to have proper handwashing and other common sense actions is disturbing. They have to though because some people don't think the rules should apply to them or they think the rules are stupid. This is all for people who SHOULD know better.
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I used to work with someone who would go to the bathroom, not wash her hands, and if someone was standing outside the bathroom door she would shake her hands like she was drying them. No water ever ran and we worked at a docs office and she was an RN.
I've worked in two nursing homes and we had to get the flu shot in the business office. When I asked why, I was told as the receptionist, I handed out their spending money on "payday" and they couldn't take a chance. I can't imagine a nurse/nurses aid who touches patients all of the time thinking it's OK to not get them. I had the flu this year and would hate to think what it would have been like if I hadn't had the shot and with a little one and a sick FIL I would have never forgiven myself if I hadn't taken the safest route I could for them and they were harmed by my decision. I just can't fathom not caring about the patients you could infect enough to either quit or get the shot (because I don't know anybody who actually has a religious reason; EVERYONE I've met IRL or online doesn't mind lying to get the exemption they want).
Hahahaa. I'm the "uneducated" loser in the thread who totally thinks that flu shots are stupid. I feel sorry for the nurse. I'm sure she got hired somewhere else! I respect the right of her employer to fire her, and I respect her right to have personal principals!
I don't get one. I remember totally being like, SHAMED into one by one of my healthcare providers during the swineflu scam when I was pregnant ~ basically told that I was doing to kill my baby..........yeah. No. Sorry.