Admission Physicals - page 2

Hi All, I was wondering how other schools handle Admission Physicals? Is it a requirement before you're accepted or do you wait until you're accepted into a Program? We took our entrance exam... Read More

  1. by   TinyNurse
    we had our admissions physical and TBx2, and our first hep B before starting nursing school and that was back in 2001.
    hope this helps...... xoxo jen
  2. by   career seeker
    Quote from MryRose
    I know I have had all the immunizations, but at 44, I have no idea what my Mom did with that info. I have no idea where they were even given so no way to find them.

    How does one go about proving they have had all their immunizations??

    Do school records show this?? Immunizations were required here.

    Thanks,

    MaryRose
    If you are not able to track down records, you should get titers to prove immunity. Just a simple blood draw...about three tubes. Results can take a couple of weeks depending on where they are being processes. Check with your school health center to see if they offer discounted labs.
  3. by   RedSox33RN
    I have my physical scheduled for May. We need complete immunizations or proof of the disease, plus the Hep B vaccines. I've already had a pneumonia vaccine a year ago, plus an updated tetanus.

    I think they mainly just want to know what meds you take on a regular basis, and about any disabilities or issues they should know about. I know I will be telling them about my diabetes, as I'm sure they would want to know if someone had a seizure disorder, etc. I don't feel it's anything to hide, though I've had friends tell me NOT to say anything. Why? If for some reason I had a severe low and couldn't speak (though that has never happened, but no reason to think it couldn't), doesn't it make sense that if they had a clue what was wrong they would know how to treat it? It's nothing I'm embarrassed about. I got it, I have it, I deal with it. It can only be beneficial to me if more people know about it.

    I was in the hospital in December, and I was really surprised at the number of nurses that had NOT had the flu vaccine. I'd gotten one, obviously, because of my diabetes, and there were many pts there with the flu. I got to talking to some of the nurses, and some swore they would never get one. I found this sort of odd, knowing that it can protect someone.
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    We don't have to have our physicals until after acceptance. I am still waiting on all the paperwork for my dr. I also know that we have to have the hep. B vaccine but I don't think any others.

    I had to get my records from my high school and luckily, the college should have hung on to their copy from when I went there in 2001.
  5. by   MryRose
    Quote from career seeker
    If you are not able to track down records, you should get titers to prove immunity. Just a simple blood draw...about three tubes. Results can take a couple of weeks depending on where they are being processes. Check with your school health center to see if they offer discounted labs.


    Thanks for the info. I was getting really worried there for a minute!

    Hugs!
    MaryRose
  6. by   debblynn13
    We were to have our physical done by the first day of class. If you can't find your records you can get the titers done, but they can be expensive. So it may be cheaper to redo the immunizations, it won't hurt you to get them again. That is what they told us at least. I would ask the Doctors office the price of the titers and figure out the costs of redoing the immunizations and the cost of pain...LOL and decide for yourself which one you want to do.

    At 46 I had most of my childhood immunizations at the school. They lined us up and we handed over the papers from our parents saying what immunizations we needed and they gave us our polio sugar cube and shot us and we were on our way. I don't know if the school has those records or not. Luckily I tracked down info on most of mine so all i needed was a second MMR and a tetanus shot. I have way more sympathy for young children after that experience...LOL

    debblynn
  7. by   SirJohnny
    SusanNC:

    - The actual physical is pretty basic -- shouldn't take more than 5 minutes.

    - It's the shots/titers that get expensive.

    - My immunization records date from the late 1960's, so the treatment center
    (one of those 24 hour emergency care centers at the mall) decided that I should
    have all the immunizations done.

    - You will need to make three trips for the Hepatitis-B. The 2nd shot is due one
    month after the first one, and the 3rd shot is due 5 months after the 2nd one,
    according to the schedule they gave me.

    - The downside, is the cost:

    - To date: US$690.00 for shots and physical. The physical (all of 5 minutes was
    $90 of the cost).

    - I am going to school about 600+ miles from where I currently live - so no local
    connections as to getting shots at a discount. I work full time and teach and go
    to school (microbiology pre-req this semester), so no time to fool around looking for
    free-clinics or such (if these places even exist in the little town I live in).

    - Hope this helps.

    Gotta run,

    John Coxey
    Evansville, Indiana, USA
  8. by   RNSuzq1
    [QUOTE=John Coxey]SusanNC:

    - The actual physical is pretty basic -- shouldn't take more than 5 minutes.

    - It's the shots/titers that get expensive.

    - My immunization records date from the late 1960's

    Hi John,

    I already had my physical 2 weeks ago and like you said - it only lasted a few minutes. Like you - I got all my childhood immunizations in the 60's. They said I could call my old high school to get copies of those - but that's 1,000 miles away and I know they'd never be able to dig up 25 year old records and get them here on time (our cut off date is April 16th). I had my military records with me - proof of most of the shots. The Doc. drew blood for titers for the childhood immunizations. I have pretty good insurance and only had to pay my co-pay for the physical - but guessing the titers won't be included and might be pretty expensive.

    Whitney - Absolutely let them know about your diabetes, just in case something happened to you in class, they'd know what was wrong. I work with a Nurse who wears a little insulin pouch on her side (not sure what it's called - gives her insulin as she needs it so she doesn't have to keep giving herself shots). Anyways, because she knows so much about the disease (having dealt with it most of her life) - that is her speciality - she visits schools, senior centers, etc. and teaches people about Diabetes and proper nutrition - she loves it....
  9. by   RedSox33RN
    Quote from SusanNC
    Whitney - Absolutely let them know about your diabetes, just in case something happened to you in class, they'd know what was wrong. I work with a Nurse who wears a little insulin pouch on her side (not sure what it's called - gives her insulin as she needs it so she doesn't have to keep giving herself shots). Anyways, because she knows so much about the disease (having dealt with it most of her life) - that is her speciality - she visits schools, senior centers, etc. and teaches people about Diabetes and proper nutrition - she loves it....
    That's what I have also - an insulin pump. I love my pump!
  10. by   Mom2EJA
    Does anyone know how long the MMR immunization lasts? I did receive a booster of the MMR when I was 16 during a physical required for all juniors in my high school. I am wondering if that would still be effective?

    Stephanie
  11. by   klone
    Quote from Mom2EJA
    Does anyone know how long the MMR immunization lasts? I did receive a booster of the MMR when I was 16 during a physical required for all juniors in my high school. I am wondering if that would still be effective?

    Stephanie
    I'm thinking about 10 years. I found it easier to just get a booster, rather than hassle with a titer, especially since you might have to go ahead and get the booster anyway.

    I had mine done yesterday. For some reason, the TB had me nervous, but all clear!
  12. by   Truly_Blessed
    Did anyone here not have a record of their immunizations? If so, what did you do?
  13. by   RNinProgress
    Quote from Truly_Blessed
    Did anyone here not have a record of their immunizations? If so, what did you do?
    I contacted the health department for the area I had the immunizations. Lo and behold, they had the info!

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