I would think she couldn't work or would have to gown, glove and mask up for every patient. A nurse can work having HIV right? Could a nurse with MRSA work without jeopardizing patient care. Thoughts?
Most of us, especially after working in healthcare, have MRSA in our groins and arm pits etc. It's a community bacteria. We did a test when I was at university and swabbed each other. A good 60% of us had it in our nose, groins, armpits. It's susceptible patients that are at risk and it's just unfortunate. It doesn't mean you have to not work.
When I volunteered before I was licensed in infection control, the infection control nurse answered it as in as long as the infection site could be covered up. This was about 5 years ago or so.
We giggled about how an environmental service tech from another hospital is automatically put into isolation because of her hx but she would be the person we'd call to clean the rooms when discharged from the ER. However, that ER does not do isolations in the ER.
When I was in nursing school, I had a classmate that was working as a CNA who got sick and found out she had MRSA. She had to take a leave of absence from both work and school but when she when the infection was no longer active, she was welcomed back to both. I guess it depends on policies.