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MRSA history?

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by soniaboo soniaboo (New) New Pre-Student

Hello! I'm not sure if this is the right place to post, but I am a prospective nursing student in Canada that was recently treated for a small MRSA infection. I am freaking out a little bit. Will be a carrier forever and will this prevent me from being hired as a healthcare worker in the future? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

JadedCPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU. Has 15 years experience.

No this will not prevent you from being hired. Good luck!

SarahMaria, MSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatry, Forensics, Addictions. Has 9 years experience.

It will not prevent you from being hired.

I have had several MRSA infections requiring hospitalization and IV antibiotics and currently am a carrier.  Multitudes of health care workers have MRSA.  

I have been de-colonized in the past which was absolutely miserable.  I was on 3 antibiotics and lost 70 pounds.  I do not recommend it.  

Many, many people carry MRSA in their nose or on their skin, whether they're infected by it or not. I've read up to 30% of the population does, and I'm sure it's much higher in the nursing population. If hospitals avoided hiring MRSA carriers they'd probably lose half their staff around the world.

DavidFR, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology, ID, Hepatology, Occy Health. Has 35 years experience.

I came up MRSA positive in my nose and perineum in the 80s. I had de-colonizing treatment with Chlorhexidine washes, Bactroban cream and Sterzac powder. I have tested negative ever since.

Edited by DavidFR