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The world relies on nurses to care for the sick daily, whether it’s an ICU nurse monitoring vital signs or a pediatric nurse administering medications and delivering those lovely ice chips. But what happens when nurses feel a tinge of flu-like symptoms arriving?

The answer is easy — stay home, said Vicki Allen, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, director of infection control at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, N.C. She also serves on the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Communications Committee.

“The expectation is, if you are sick, you don’t come to work because we don’t want you to compromise [the health of] patients and other staff,” said Allen.

Hospitals have policies in place to help remind nurses and other staff to stay home when influenza-like illness strikes, Allen said. And it’s important to look at those policies regularly to ensure they are working.

“We review the policies annually,” Allen said. “We typically start looking at this in July or August.”

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