Some persons in America seem to forget that we still live in a free society, where we ALL are entitled to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. At least for the time being.
In a socialist or communist society, public health is looked at as the responsibility of everyone. In a free society, every person is responsible for himself and his/her family. That means protecting one’s health. The best way to do that? Handwashing, not vaccinations such as the “other side” is so loudly screaming. That means that as a nurse, I have a responsibility to you as my patient to treat you with respect, wash my hands, and keep you safe from medical errors. It does not mean that you have a right to tell me what to put into my body in order to be your nurse. (Especially a flu vaccine that has proven to be completely useless the past two years!) And by the way, what weird diseases and items are you bringing in that could harm me? What and who is there to protect me from you?
Semmelweis almost 200 years ago theorized, and discovered that handwashing cut down on the incidence of infection and saved lives. Why then, are medical professionals NOT washing their hands on a regular basis? Only 40-50% of the time do healthcare professionals practice good hand hygiene.
And you’re worried about whether or not your nurse has had an ineffective flu vaccine? Think again. Before you ask if they’ve been shot up, you need to ask if they’ve washed their hands. Why is it that so many patients and other people willing to scream and shout about vaccines from the rooftops, but they are scared to death to ask their doctor if he’s washed his hands?
Want to know why your doctor has probably been forbidden from wearing his necktie? Read this and weep (or gag, either one.) http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=99526
Or, do you know if that stethoscope that the doctor or nurse wears around their neck all day is clean? Probably not! http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/02/27/283439909/stethoscopes-do-as-much-dirty-work-as-hands-in-spreading-germs
And if you’re so worried about a nurse or healthcare worker passing the flu on to you, why aren’t you worried about the fact that medical errors are the number 3 cause of death in the United States- way, way above deaths from flu, which actually hover somewhere around 1000 deaths per year actually attributed to the influenza? http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/deaths-by-medical-mistakes-hit-records
On top of all of this, we have to protect the rights of our patients. This means respecting their opinions and wishes- not attempting to coerce, falsely educate, lie, or harass our patients into doing what WE think is right for them. That means respecting the patient for choosing to not have a medical procedure, or getting a second opinion. Nurses who would willingly do this should be ashamed of themselves.
So do we have a public health responsibility? You bet we do. We have a responsibility to wash our hands. We have a responsibility to sanitize our medical equipment to prevent the spread of infection. We have a responsibility to stop killing our patients in hospitals due to error and hospital acquired infections such as MRSA.
We have no responsibility to be forcefully vaccinated (with a vaccine that doesn’t work!) so that our employers get a 2% bonus at the end of the year.