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do you bring your work home with you?


Specializes in Emergency.

Just curious to know if anyone has ever catched anything (i.e. scabies, flu, HIV etc) from their patients?

When I worked in a LTC facility, got a couple of fleas at work one time. Someone else said something so that is how I knew I got them at work. I've encountered cockroaches at client homes in home health and had to evict them at least twice from my belongings. It happens.

BostonTerrierLover, BSN, RN

Specializes in Adult/Ped Emergency and Trauma. Has 16 years experience.

See my "Shouldn't Nurses be able to Isolate Patients?" thread.

As of now, 2 CNAs, and 1 Nurse have caught Scabies at this dreadful post I have taken as a Contracted Assignment.

But, on the brightside, I never get sick anymore, I think all the Fomites we meet on a daily basis have boosted our immune systems beyond the non-healthcare delivery public.

Flare, ASN, BSN

Specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

My full time job is as a school nurse. At the start of my career I was constantly sick with URIs. These days it's a rarity for me to get sick. A busy immune system is a happy immune system!

tokmom, BSN, RN

Specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff. Has 30 years experience.

Chickenpox. I told them I had never had them before. The infectious nurse said you can't get chickenpox from shingles. I refused the pt, but I was told I would be written up. You can guess what happened a few weeks later.....

Thankfully, it was a light case, so I spent the time off planting flowers in my garden, while my floor worked short on what would have been my work days.:lol2:


Specializes in ICU.

MRSA. I got an abcess on my shin one month into working in the ICU. Had an I&D done. It hurt!!!!!!

joanna73, BSN, RN

Specializes in geriatrics.

We had an outbreak of scabies on a floor I worked on. It was a pain, since we all had to comply with treatment, and this entailed applying a cream and washing all bedclothes. After, a follow up visit to Occ Health.