Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers
The article says recommended, but just know that it is required to work at most open jobs posted.
Nurses & give a lot of vaccines. But they also need vaccines! By the nature of their work, nurses come into contact with many infectious diseases, the most notable of which is influenza. Vaccination is an important way to stay protected from contracting a disease at work.
But vaccination can also protect the nurse's patients and family. While at work, a nurse may unknowingly pass a disease on to the patient, especially when critically ill or the most vulnerable, such as newborns. In addition, if a nurse contracts an illness from work, he or she can pass it on to her family members.
We can't risk it - all Candidates who want to work an assignment must be vaccinated. Being vaccinated against all diseases, from measles to influenza to whooping cough, can prevent the transmission of disease and protect nurses, their patients, and their families!
- Seasonal Influenza - get your influenza vaccine every fall!
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) - especially for nurses working with newborn or compromised infants
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
- Hepatitis B
But don't worry! Your candidates and the vast majority of nurses know this information. This nothing new to them and by you understanding that it is required as part of the credentialing process makes you look better too.
Even though the Agencies will be asking for this information, feel free to request it ahead of time to speed up the process. All healthcare professionals carry the document on them at all times - so just tell them to send it on over to you via email or even text you a picture of the documents.