Unfortunately, contracting Covid-19 gives a limited immunity and even that is not certain. Due to the vulnerability of the population with which you would be working, it is not considered safe for them or your co-workers who are in close proximity to you during work hours. Eventually, I believe that this will pass and become like the yearly "flu" in that employers may or may not require yearly vaccination, depending on the type of patients you see. At this point, if you choose to decline vaccination, the only options would be remote work. Better a less experienced, vaccinated nurse with support that an unvaccinated nurse with greater experience but the chance of infecting an entire unit.
I can't answer all of that but I understand to an extent. I have not contracted covid that I know of (I don't always test myself when ill) but I am vaccinated. I got vaccinated before it was mandated, because I was working in a covid unit. The issue I am having is that I accepted a position a few weeks ago, and some how the part where they require a booster was muffled into the conversations so much that I don't recall it was mandatory. I presented my case, that I personally don't feel that the booster was very effective for these new strains, and that the original vaccine made me very ill, but they discouraged me from applying for a waiver on that grounds that it is unlikely to get approved. I was completely caught off guard that a facility now requires a booster for employment. It was a great opportunity offering the highest pay in the area, and that I have ever made, but I am in the process of rescinding the offer because I don't feel a booster is right for me at this time. Very disappointed though.
If you are working for any entity that accepts Medicare/CMS. You are going to have to be vaccinated, per their policy. They will not pay to any organizations with unvaccinated employees. There is no way around it. Further more it just saves the lives of your patients and family member if you are exposed to COVID-19.
I’ve seen nurses 1 year away from retirement be terminated over no vaccine :( lost everything they worked so hard for
Do telehealth nursing. However, I would not want an unvaccinated person working with me.
I hope a season nurse takes the shot, please remember we have mandatory shots and testing that precedes Covid. Nurses that have resigned to avoid the shot many and that have been let go/dismissed many I do mean many.
I do not want a nurse unvaccinated next to me or treating a patient.
We(nurses) have had immunization requirements and testing that precede Covid.
The ration of new grad to experience is dismissal.
I believe that the nurse has the responsibility to protect the patients from harm as well as not infecting their families. It is very difficult to employ an unvaccinated nurse without the facility requiring for them to gear up with PPE"s to the limit and testing for Covid daily. And the facility may not want to take on that liability should a patient get Covid or the Nurse get covid and infect her entire family.