A very important question.

  1. I am curently a student taking pre-reqs and has never cross my mind, but here is my question. Can I still be a nurse even if I'm hepititus B positive? I just now thought about it and want to ask someone but not sure who. Does anyone know?
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  3. by   TraumaICURN
    Yes, you can.
  4. by   Larry77
    There are laws in the books that prevent employers from not hiring you only do to your disease status whether it be HIV, or Hep B/C. Discrimination is done but in my experience because employers just find other reasons to say why they didn't hire you.

    Just remember it is not legal for them to ask about your personal hx only your work and school hx--they can't even ask you if you have kids or are married!
  5. by   Lorie P.
    yes you can still become a nurse, they aren't allow to ask such questions do you have a certain type of disease, etc. They can only ask if you have any physical restrictions and Hep B is not .
  6. by   LilPeanut
    As long as you don't try pouring your own blood in your pt's wounds or having unprotected sex with them, I think you're ok
  7. by   buddhak0n
    Quote from LilPeanut
    As long as you don't try pouring your own blood in your pt's wounds or having unprotected sex with them, I think you're ok
    LOL someone after my own heart <g>
  8. by   BecomeNurse06
    Wow, it's been a long time since I post here. Thanks for all the replies to this thread.

    I just wanted to share the good news that I'm hepititus B negative. I did many tests and they all came back negative. I'm not sure why I was positive the first time which was 4 years ago, but I recently tested and it came back negative...YEAHHH...

    It was weird but the doctor said that I could be the 1% of those that converted the virus. He said that out of all the people with hepititus B, only 1% of them will convert and no longer have the virus. I feel so blessed and lucky. Thank God for his Blessing.
  9. by   jessiern
    Quote from LilPeanut
    As long as you don't try pouring your own blood in your pt's wounds or having unprotected sex with them, I think you're ok
    Is this considered standard of care in certain areas?

    Is nursing the 2nd oldest profession?

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