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It is so annoying, I have not seen occupational health other than for my vaccinations. It has taken me 2years to even be referred to occ health. No one has been helpful, I feel like I have been left on my own until I just fall in a hole and say I give up on nursing. I was 18 when I started as a HCA and I am now 25, I am so strong willed that I won't give in.

I have contacted RCN for advice. I've got some samples on order from some glove companies, so surely the head of nursing and programme lead cannot just kick me off the course.... Can they?

A type 4 allergy involves a delayed skin rash with blistering and oozing of the skin, also the swelling of hands and wrists. A reaction can take anything from 6 hours to 4 plus days

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JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Have you consulted with an allergist or dermatologist? Not certain how worker/student rights work in the UK.

Please speak to occupational health - both at clinical sites and at school. They should have non-latex equipment available. That isn't just for gloves, but other medical supplies you should be coming into contact with.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Do you know the disability laws regarding accommodation? In the U.S. this may be considered an accommodation mandating schools and facilities provide reasonable accommodations. I have a latex sensitivity and can safely use medical grade vinyl, purple, green or blue nitrile gloves.

However in the OP's case she has an allergy to a component other than the latex and has reacted to a few varieties of the nitrile gloves in addition to "traditional" NRL. At this point she has not found a glove safe to use other than vinyl (which do not meet the infection control standard in the UK or the NHS Trust).

Overseas reasonable accommodation laws are not the same as the U.S., if they even exist. If the OP even finds a suitable brand of gloves that meet the UK & NHS Trust infection control standards, the cost and/or availability of the product may not be reasonable. If the facility is not already latex free or latex sensitive (most U.S. facilities are latex free) there is a high risk of accidental exposure which can in turn result in a severe reaction, though it's not common for a type 4 reaction to exacerbate into anaphylaxis it's not impossible.

Remember the OP is in the UK where product availability, infection control standards, facility policies, and accommodation laws may greatly vary from US or Canadian standards.

I hope you are able to find a glove product that you don't react to, meets infection control standards, and the school & facility are able to easily acquire.

BuckyBadgerRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in HH, Peds, Rehab, Clinical. Has 4 years experience.

Not the answer you're looking for, but quite frankly, facing the possibility of blistered and oozing skin would make me feel a whole lot less passionate about nursing.

It is so annoying, I have not seen occupational health other than for my vaccinations. It has taken me 2years to even be referred to occ health. No one has been helpful, I feel like I have been left on my own until I just fall in a hole and say I give up on nursing. I was 18 when I started as a HCA and I am now 25, I am so strong willed that I won't give in.

I have contacted RCN for advice. I've got some samples on order from some glove companies, so surely the head of nursing and programme lead cannot just kick me off the course.... Can they?

A type 4 allergy involves a delayed skin rash with blistering and oozing of the skin, also the swelling of hands and wrists. A reaction can take anything from 6 hours to 4 plus days

spacemonkey15

Specializes in Critical care. Has 11 years experience.

I have contacted RCN for advice. I've got some samples on order from some glove companies, so surely the head of nursing and programme lead cannot just kick me off the course.... Can they?

I think you've got a fair case to fight your corner with what you've told us here. People work in the NHS with latex allergies, there are nurses working with BBVs such as HIV. The university's occy health cleared you to start placements, they should be able to support you to continue placements with adequate latex free gloves.

Let us know how you get on :)

Yeah over here we have the disabilty descrimation act and the equality act. Each time I'm banging my head against a wall. There must be a suitable glove out there for me as one day I'll be a patient. Does anyone in the USA have the name of the company that supplies medical grade vinyl? Surely if the vinyl are suitable in the USA they would be suitable in another trust in the UK. Probably really naive of me but I have even said I am prepared to take a risk to my own health in order to be able to qualify in 2016.

NICUmiiki, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU/PICU Flight Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

Sorry, none of the hospitals near me use Vinyl, just Nitrile latex-free. We have latex and non-latex sterile gloves.

The brand my hospital is currently using for non-sterile gloves is PremierPro Plus. They look like this:

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They can be found online. We've used the purple (above) and are using the blue ones now(5042 for small; they are thicker).

McKesson, Kimberly Clark, and Dynex are other brands. They may have Vinyl options.

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