Just finished my orientation to return to my old unit. I have been in nursing for over 16 years and have always gotten my ppd every year--and they have always been negative.
The new job mandated that I have 2 consecutive ppd tests before I could go to orientation. I even had a chest xray done in January when my asthma was kicking up. They would'nt accept this.
It seems to me this is overkill. I could maybe see if I had never been tested for TB, but I was just tested in April of this year. I just wonder if this is policy all over?
May 4, '02
The CDC is always the place to go with questions like this. They are the final word when it comes to Tb testing requirements.
They have stated that a two-step test is only necessary on INITIAL testing of health care workers. These are individuals new to the profession or nurses who have been out of nursing for awhile. Most of us get tested yearly and have good documentation of recent negative tests.
The two-step test is not needed in this case. Many health care employers are confused about this. Have them check with the National Center for Disease Control. (CDC)
Last edit by fiestynurse on May 4, '02