I worked in a CICU for 9 years. I got a case of community-acquired MRSA. I was treated with oral antibiotics. One of the other RNs found out about my diagnosis, allegedly from a supervisor. She told others about it. I was upset because of the stigma attached to the diagnosis. It has been 11 months, and I want to return to my job. Can the hospital deny me a job because of my diagnosis?
Dear Donna replies:
I consulted a human resource expert on this. Heres what he had to say:
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of a disability if the candidate is capable of performing the fundamental aspects of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation. This nurse should be allowed to work as long as she does not present a threat to others.
The supervisor is guilty of an egregious breech of confidence. If I were this nurse, I would report her to the department head and/or the HR department.
My best wishes,
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeeks Dear Donna and author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional. To ask Donna your question, go to www.nurse.com/asktheexperts/deardonna. Find a Dear Donna seminar near you: Call (800) 866-0919 or visit http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.