So let me preface by saying that I am a career changer and am already sort of nervous about this shift.
I tend to ruminate on things and am in the middle of getting everything ready for my transition into nursing. I will be doing a CNA program soon, and then get into an RN program.
I recently started freaking out about the infectious nature of nursing overall.
I'm not so much concerned with the "dirty" part of the job as much as I am concerned that I might catch something fatal, or end up contracting something dangerous.
I've been doing research into needlestick injuries and the concern for HIV or hepatitis. I've also read stories about nurses being in positions where they ended up hurting themselves because of the environment of the hospital itself.
So my basic question is, how much of these situations are able to be controlled through proper techniques and safety protocols? Or, do these things just happen to a bunch of nurses regardless of experience and safety?
Also, how much of these environmental issues have to do with specific hospitals? For example, are some hospitals better at controlling the hazardous nature of the profession by investing more into the hospital versus some other hospital that is trying to cut corners? Or, is this something that is just the nature of the beast?
I'm starting to freak out that every nurse is just at a much higher risk for everything, and the profession is a ticking time bomb that's going to kill everyone that enters it. For example, are there thousands of users on these forums that have contracted HIV through needlestick or are currently dying of MRSA? I feel like I'm just psyching myself out way too much.