hate to say it, but if you can't manage to borrow a thermometer for a few moments, your future in health care in the supervisory role may be less than ideal. Take this opportunity to reflect on why you failed in a paid role, and how you could have better responded. If you can't hack being at the bottom of the pole, how can you sympathize with your cohort (pre-license) while advocating and providing exceptional care for your patients? We all go home having days we feel like utter brown-exudate from the rear, the difference is some of us want to be change makers, at least for the 8, 12, or 13 and 3 quarters hours we're there.
Had to edit this, staph, or staphlococci, is only contagious if you utterly fail to observe universal precautions or go licking wounds. Your role in knowing the patient's disease state is yes, and i agree with you somewhat here, advantageous to you in providing safe care. However, if the care you provide is likely to be compromised by you worried about the disease process for a contact-spread disease, then you're definately in the wrong field. I'ld definately sympathize if someone was droplet or airborne precaution and you were sent in blindly, or contact and you not having the opportunity or access to a PF gown, however, you need to constantly be aware of your own body location lest you unplug a vent or rip out an iv for a contact/universal precaution patient.
Sorry to come down so hard on you, but during schooling my views have changed a lot as I've continued to grow. I now understand the logic behind nurses that I once felt the exact same way as you.