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Do you catch a lot of illnesses from your patients?

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kellysmum kellysmum (New) New

Hi everybody,

I've decided I'm not too old or too fat to be a CNA (thanks for all your advice :)). I do have one worry, however. I am asthmatic and usually experience asthma problems when I get a chest cold. I get flu shots every year and work to keep up my immunity. As nurses' aides, do you find that you catch a lot of colds, influenza, or other illnesses because you work in such close proximity with your patients? Please let me know and thanks.

I got sick fairly often when I first started. Nothing serious, just colds and gastroenteritis (a.k.a. "stomach flu"- no such thing as the stomach flu, but that's for another thread :)). After awhile, you build up an immunity to most of the stuff. Nowadays I don't get sick anymore than I did before I started working in health care -- just a couple of times a year.

KimberlyRN89, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg/urology.

This year alone I've gotten an URI, a cold, and pink eye :(. I didn't catch anything from work last year..

2ndyearstudent, CNA

Specializes in CNA.

Hi everybody,

I've decided I'm not too old or too fat to be a CNA (thanks for all your advice :)). I do have one worry, however. I am asthmatic and usually experience asthma problems when I get a chest cold. I get flu shots every year and work to keep up my immunity. As nurses' aides, do you find that you catch a lot of colds, influenza, or other illnesses because you work in such close proximity with your patients? Please let me know and thanks.

I get sick far less often after starting to work in a nursing home. But when I do, it's a butt-kicker. Every two years or so I run into a bad cold that just knocks me on the floor.

sunflower777

Specializes in 12 years exp in corporate healthcare.

It seems I've had a few skin break-outs lately..uugghh!

systoly

Specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN. Has 23 years experience.

Practice your precautions, not only during immediate patient care, but in the break room, at the desk, everywhere.

fuzzywuzzy, CNA

Specializes in LTC. Has 3 years experience.

Most people in nursing homes have chronic illnesses that you can't catch. That said, when a cold does go around and you work on a dementia unit, everyone coughs and sneezes directly in your face! I got sick more the first year, and now, not so much. But I've gotten better at remembering not to touch my face, not only at work but everywhere.

GHGoonette, BSN, RN

Specializes in PACU, OR.

Gee, I hope not...a lot of my patients have TB...

not a lot of colds; I haven't noticed an increase since I've been working, and I never take a flu jab. What sucks is when you catch the diarrhoea or vomiting-viruses. Ick.