Quote from dioness
I am a student nurse on a clinical rotation, and was given a 73 year old on contact isolation for MRSA. The client vomitted 5 times within a period of 2 hours. I noticed that the in-house nurses were avoiding to come in and help me when this was going on. Even the client doctor did not want to stay in the room when she was called in and my clinical instructor avoided me all day. Also, my clinical instructor made a comment about not being able to get a nursing position if one is tested positive with MRSA. Now I am concerned if I am infected. Does anyone know how easy one can contact this bacteria and what should I do to find out?
The in-house nurses were probably avoiding coming in because you are a student, and they didn't want to do the work they could get you to do, lol. And the MDs never spend much time in the patient's room. Sometimes your lucky to get them to look into the room from the hallway, lol. I've heard people say that places won't hire you if you're positive for MRSA. I've yet to hear of any places that test. The hospital systems around me don't test new hires. Besides, its not like you can't get rid of it. You can go through decolonization, its pretty easy. Its a week of ATB in the nose and CHG baths. Testing is a simple nasal swab. I'm sure your PCP could do one if you are truely worried about it. If you take proper contact precautions, you are probably fine.