Hi. I am new to this board and am looking forward to starting my ADN RN program in Spring 2005. Until then, I am taking the few prerequisites I must take, so I am ready to start the nursing program on time.
My question here is about TB testing that the nursing school requires, and need your input please!! I have never been a nurse in the past, but was a clinical counselor in a hospital for a few yrs and an activities director in a nursing home for 3 years as well. In 1986, when I was an Activities Dir. , the nursing dept. did a TB test on all nursing home staff because they had found that a few of our geriatric residents were positive for TB. When they did my test, I remember the LPN told me that she was not sure if I had a positive TB test or not, so she had the D.O.N. and nurse administrator to look at my skin that day and they just decided that they thought that I had an allergic reaction to the test because of the way my skin broke out.
However, due to my type job working with the residents as the Activities Dir., they told me that their on staff dr. told them by phone, that "just in case", to go ahead and put me on the regular TB medication (pills), that people take when they test positive. They told me to take the medication for 6 months while still working at the same job and then, I should not be a problem. Anyway, I cannot remember the name of the medication I took then, and again, all this was in 1986, but I do remember the LPN telling me NOT to allow medical staff to give me the same test again in the future, because of what had happened?? She did not explain why. Oh, I had 3 Xrays over the years re: this, and all came up negative for TB.
So, can anybody here tell me why the LPN told me not to be tested in the future for TB? If I want to get into a nursing program, I have to be tested for it, ya know... Will I still be admitted to the nursing program if they test me and I have another skin reaction? If I tested positive for TB, but am found again per Xrays, or whatever like before, to NOT have TB, will the school admit me then or what? Is there a possibility of having to take the oral meds again in case they are in doubt if I come up with an allergic skin test? Good Lord, I hope something like this does not cause me to not be able to go to nursing school, but of course I would not want to do anything to cause problems to the health of anyone else. Because I do not know how serious all this is, I am really worried. Somebody, please explain these things to me. Thanks soooo much..... April
May 12, '03
I tested positive the first time I was given the PPD, ever since then I have had chest x-rays. I was born in England, don't believe we were given BCG, but presumably was exposed as a child. Just tell the school you test positive, they will probably require a new cxr. You don't ever need to use a med or be tested for anything after you have had a reaction like that. BTW, Now I have a cxr every five years, and sign a form denying s/sx of TB the four years in between.
Last edit by Mimi2RN on May 12, '03