Will I ever be able to get a nursing job?

  1. I have been diagnosed with flat warts, they are all over my hands & arms. My dermatologist has tried several treatments (creams, lotions, cryotherapy) and nothing is working and is thinking they may just be best left alone...

    My question is, will I ever get hired as a nurse with them? Do you have to pass some sort of health inspection? I mean they are on my hands where which will be exposed to patients. I know employers aren't supposed to discriminate, BUT...

    I am a pre-nursing student, and am very concerned about this. Thanks for any light you can shed on this.
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    About worf, BSN

    Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 133; Likes: 28
    RN; from US
    Specialty: LTC & Med-Surg, L&D, Pre-Op Clinic

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  3. by   chuck1234
    Hopefully, it will go away by the time you finish school...other than that, there is not much you can do except keeping your finger crossed..
    Good luck!
  4. by   katonialynn
    I don't have any advice but I feel your pain. I have had problems with warts on and off for the last 25 years, and as a child had flat warts on my face. Luckily medication worked for me but it was a very difficult time. Often (for me at least) the warts I've had have come and gone on their own.
  5. by   ICU_floater
    without giving medical advice, a second opinion of a dermatologist may offer other treatments, even if you are satisfied that your derm is up to snuff. We always bounce ideas off each other as nurses and learn from each other, this is what a second opinion does.. usually covered by insurance. good luck and best wishes.
  6. by   Stubbleuffagus
    Have you tried a Holistic Dr? I know it's not the "norm" but I know of several people who have seen holistic doctors and they've all had great results.
  7. by   ann945n
    I would suggest talking to the director of your nursing program at school and see what they say about your situation. I know I had warts before, came and went, hopefully yours do the same!
  8. by   rose61
    Perhaps you will find it difficult getting employment as patients may find the warts offensive...sadly. When I was training, a male student was going through chemo therapy and wore a head scarf when we did clinicals due to hair loss. Several patients complained about it and he was asked to remove it, much to his dismay and ours. Patients rule the roost it seems, regardless. I hope it won't go against you...best wishes.

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