Will I be able to become a nurse?

  1. I am in question about whether or not I will be able to become a nurse. My situation is that I test positive for tuberculosis on a skin test but my doctor took x rays of my lungs and it hasn't effected me at all. The doctor said it is just dormant and that I am a carrier of it. He said that I couldn't give it to anyone or anything though. So my question is will a hospital hire me as a nurse if I test positive for tb?
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Baby Catcher
    Yes. You just have to get a chest x-ray when everyone else gets their PPD.
  4. by   b_a_nurse
    Good! Thats a relief. I was kinda worried about that one.
  5. by   zacarias
    Quote from b_a_nurse
    Good! Thats a relief. I was kinda worried about that one.
    Did the Doc put on any medication to prevent you from every developing active tuberculosis?
  6. by   traumaRUs
    A positive skin test just means you were once exposed to TB - not that you have active disease, so there isn't a need for meds.
  7. by   zacarias
    TraumaRUs,

    Actually it's pretty much standard practice in my area to prescribe like INH for patients who have a positive skin test to prevent them from developing active TB later in life if they should become immunocompromised.
  8. by   MEL101
    Quote from zacarias
    TraumaRUs,

    Actually it's pretty much standard practice in my area to prescribe like INH for patients who have a positive skin test to prevent them from developing active TB later in life if they should become immunocompromised.
    Really?...I wouldn't let someone RX me just for being positive from skin test & CXR neg....Theres a ton of people running around w + skin test...my experience is that those w + skin test have to get CXR too...thats all....
  9. by   Agnus
    Quote from zacarias
    TraumaRUs,

    Actually it's pretty much standard practice in my area to prescribe like INH for patients who have a positive skin test to prevent them from developing active TB later in life if they should become immunocompromised.
    A postive test in an indicator of the presence of the antibody.
    How does that put you at risk for developing the disease later?
    Does the bacillus hide out even with a very mild exposure where you don't contract the disease even after antibody development?

    Wouldn't the TB vac (more antibodies) be sufficient, if this is the case?

    Just wondering?
  10. by   zacarias
    Quote from agnus
    a postive test in an indicator of the presence of the antibody.
    how does that put you at risk for developing the disease later?
    does the bacillus hide out even with a very mild exposure where you don't contract the disease even after antibody development?
    wouldn't the tb vac (more antibodies) be sufficient, if this is the case?
    just wondering?
    hey guys, below is directly from the cdc website and talks about latent tb infection (positive skin test). btw, the tb vaccine (bcg) is not widely used here in the us.,


    if i have tb infection, how can i keep from developing tb disease?
    many people who have latent tb infection never develop tb disease. but some people who have latent tb infection are more likely to develop tb disease than others. these people are at high risk for tb disease. they include:

    people with hiv infection
    people who became infected with tb bacteria in the last 2 years
    babies and young children
    people who inject drugs
    people who are sick with other diseases that weaken the immune system
    elderly people
    people who were not treated correctly for tb in the past
    if you have latent tb infection (a positive skin test reaction) and you are in one of these high-risk groups, you need to take medicine to keep from developing tb disease. this is called treatment for latent tb infection. there are many treatment options. you and your health care provider must decide which treatment is best for you.

    the medicine usually used for the treatment of latent tb infection is a drug called isoniazid or inh. inh kills the tb bacteria that are in the body. if you take your medicine as prescribed, treatment for latent tb infection will keep you from ever developing tb disease.

    most people must take inh for at least 6 to 9 months. children and people with hiv infection may need to take inh for a longer time.

    sometimes people are given treatment for latent tb infection even if their skin test reaction is not positive. this is often done with infants, children, and hiv-infected people who have recently spent time with someone with infectious tb disease. this is because they are at very high risk of developing serious tb disease soon after they become infected with tb bacteria.

    it is important that you take all the pills prescribed for you so that your treatment for latent tb infection is effective. if you start taking inh, you will need to see your doctor or nurse on a regular schedule. he or she will check on how you are doing. very few people have serious side effects to inh. however, if you have any of the following side effects, call your doctor or nurse right away:

    no appetite
    nausea
    vomiting
    yellowish skin or eyes
    fever for 3 or more days
    abdominal pain
    tingling in the fingers and toes
    warning: drinking alcoholic beverages (wine, beer, and liquor) while taking inh can be dangerous. check with your doctor or nurse for more information.

    people who have latent tb infection but do not receive treatment for latent tb infection need to know the symptoms of tb. if they develop symptoms of tb disease later on, they should see a doctor right away.
  11. by   Tweety
    Many of us have been exposed to patients with tb and test positive. Not a big deal. My institution even stopped requiring XRays yearly. We just have to sign a waver that we are asymptomatic, having no tb like symptoms.

    Good luck!

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