My friend and I are wanting to join the nursing program at our local community college and she may have genital herpes. She is still awaiting the test results. We are really wanting to do this together for one anothers support, but is it possible to become a nurse if she does have genital herpes?
May 27, '08
by NurseCard, ADN, RN Guide
There should be absolutely no reason why a person with genital herpes could not be a nurse.
Last edit by NurseCard on May 28, '08
: Reason: too much information
May 27, '08
Quote from Serenity9595
Well mainly she was afraid to ask anyone about it and we both were unsure of what to expect. After all we are entering the program but have not taken any of the bloodtest or shots that are required to be admitted to the program. Didn't want to sound naive but we just didn't know.
For nursing schools, you generally have to complete a physical exam. If that's part of her medical history, it should accurately be listed. However, such things are to remain confidential and should have no bearing on admissions. Additionally, herpes simplex is spread through direct physical contact with active lesions or body fluids, so BlueRidge's comment about wearing pants and washing hands is really more than enough to make this a non-issue.
I don't know of any field of nursing that involves rubbing your uncovered perineum against a patient's, so I don't anticipate it'd be a problem.
Last edit by hypocaffeinemia on May 27, '08