What to do when your job says you have to risk your life?

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  1. poetvix profile image67
    poetvixposted 5 years ago

    What to do when your job says you have to risk your life?

    Where is the line for company loyalty, for employee loyalty?  At what point do they ask too much?  Consider the following:  Teacher made to do frequent blood checks and administer shots for a student when all other students on campus are done by the nurse.  Teacher gets stuck with dirty needle.  It gets worse from there.  Teacher is looking for advice.  Any suggestions? 

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  2. Rosana Modugno profile image83
    Rosana Modugnoposted 5 years ago

    Teacher seeks attorney because teacher should never have to do a nurse's job.  If you are not a nurse, you do NOT administer shots to students.  In fact, if you ask the parents, I'm sure they wouldn't want a teacher doing it either.  This is not only dangerous for the teacher but for the student.  That's a lawsuit waiting to happen right there.

    Personally,  I would never do anything that risks my life at any point, no exceptions.  I have absolutely no loyalty to any company that puts my life in harms way.  And yes, if they asked me to do it, I would contact the school board, and hire myself a lawyer like the one that represented Erin Brockovich and the local media.  That ensures you keep your job because of the "Whistleblowers Act" and you get paid on the other end as well.  smile

    1. poetvix profile image67
      poetvixposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you.  I have a union rep and a union attorney on it but the district is getting horribly nasty about it.  They are even trying to say now that I do not have the right to amend the filing though it falls in time line.  I would love a referral.

    2. Rosana Modugno profile image83
      Rosana Modugnoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Union attorneys are useless but you're making a paper trail. Follow chain of command, over heads, call state attorney:
      https://www.oag.state.tx.us/

      Then google local attorneys in your area. These cases are probono, so you shouldn't have to pay.

  3. gingerbuzz profile image60
    gingerbuzzposted 5 years ago

    How did they make you inject someone? Did they threaten you or intimidate you?
    I dont wish to seem disrespectful i am just asking the question what was your motivation for carrying out the procedure?

    Why would an individual willingly participate in a potentially dangerous activity they knew to be outside of their skill set/duties?
    Were you given orders? If so were they in writing or made verbally?
    Did you protest or lodge a complaint?
    Did you try sending the child to the nurse?
    If there were no threats and no one standing over you to physically force you to do it, then you will have to accept some responsibility for your actions.

    1. peta4ever profile image60
      peta4everposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The teacher should be grateful that that student parents didn't sue her and the school. I hope she didnt get any infection/disease from that dirty needle.

    2. poetvix profile image67
      poetvixposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ginger - I was told by my diagnostician and the nurse if I wanted to keep my job I would do it.  I did complain.  My motivation was ongoing employment.  It was covered in ARD documents that I was to do it.  I got a 2 hour training on the illness.

  4. profile image48
    lilacsnowfireposted 5 years ago

    I would decide how my job best helps people and the environment. On a scale of one to 10, 7 and up would be the way I would decide if I would risk my life or not.

    1. poetvix profile image67
      poetvixposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for responding.  It is something to consider.

  5. peta4ever profile image60
    peta4everposted 5 years ago

    My health and safety comes first. If those are compromised there's no way i will be able to execute my job effectively and efficiently. So with regards to your question, I would quit my job. My life ismore important....we ain't cats that have nine lives lol. Jobs are replaceable...not life

    1. peta4ever profile image60
      peta4everposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That's very sad but that teacher is to be blamed to a certain extent. Firstly, that's not apart of her job description and as such, cannot be penalized for not doing it. That should be done by a medical professional. The law would favor her side 100%

    2. poetvix profile image67
      poetvixposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The teacher is me and I agree the nurse should be doing it.  I was told do it or be unemployed.

 
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