Hello, this post is really for future nursing students.
I currently work in a Student Health Center of a University. We have had dozens of nursing students who are supposed to start their first quarter of classes in 3 weeks. They are all in major panic mode because they just found out they have to have 5 titers including hep B, varicella, measles, mumps and rubella. You cannot get these titers if you are not up to date on your immunizations. Some of them are way behind on immunizations, and will not get to start this quarter.
I agree that it's totally not fair, but it doesn't change their status.
Soooo...for all of you planning to start a program in the near or distant future!
Please, start bugging the nursing department of the requirements for clinicals.You will not regret being prepared.
Good luck all!
Dec 14, '06
Personally I didn't have my childhood records but was fully immunized.When I entered school I had a varicella titer (I had the pox as a child). and since I couldn't prove my other shots I just got an MMR, Hep B, TB, TD, and a waiver for P (not recommended for adults according to my doc). Anyone can get a titer done if they want. It simply measures your antibodies to specific diseases. Procedure where you work may dictate they have to show proof of immunization, but a titer will show proof or lack of immunity....
Last edit by OnTheRoad on Dec 15, '06
Dec 21, '06
Quote from NickiLaughs
Unfortunately where I work, in order to have the titers done, our clinic required proof of all the immunizations, which was a hassle for a lot of students. That's why I posted what I did, so the future nursing students might have a chance. I know the requirements vary from state to state and school to school. I was just providing a heads up.
If you have the immunizations, why a titer - unless they're just proving immunity, which is a personal soapbox I will refrain from standing on in this forum, just to avoid boring everyone to death?
And isn't the point of a titer to PROVE you have the immunizations? If your titers come back positive, OBVIOUSLY you're immune (no comment - remember, I've said I'm not getting on that soapbox, and anyone who is about to hit the "Quote" button to blast me knows exactly what I'm talking about. Let's speak in generalities, shall we?). Never get an immunization you KNOW you don't need - that's what I've always been told, and that's precisely what all four universities I applied to, and got accepted by, told ME.
This is completely new to me, and sounds like a way for a student health service to make money money money. Titers are EX-PENSIVE, and vaccines are EX-PENSIVE (hyphenated for exaggerated emphasis). Money money money. And furthermore, just for the sake of arguement and because I love stirring stuff up, why in the world would a clinic care if I have titers drawn with or without immunizations? If they're getting paid, why would they care? Dumb!
I hate to say it, but I would find another clinic to do my labs! Duke wouldn't do anything for us until we were actually students - and then they make sure you pay - either you or your insurance, or both, will be billed. Fortunately I'm ex-Air Force and have my shot records and am WELL vaccinated courtesy of the USAF - but STILL.
Sorry so prolific, but this just struck me as very weird....
Last edit by carolinapooh on Dec 21, '06