I am thinking of changing careers.  Considering nursing, but it seems like it might be risky as far as bodily fluids, contagious illnesses, viruses, etc.  How many of you out there work in this field and especially how many of you work in the hospital setting in these or similar fields?  If it isn't a good idea then I should try to find something else, however, it is one of those careers that when you study for it you know exactly what job to look for once you graduate!  As opposed to having a broader degree in where you need to look at a wider field of job openings.  I of course need something that is stable, with good insurance.  I am single and cannot rely on a spouse's policy.  I have to be able to take care of myself for a long time.  I unfortunately do not have any children so stability and pay are pretty important for my future.  Just wondering if any of you have dealt with many illnesses while working in the field, etc.  Also, now that we are in the covid age I have to admit that I am wondering if certain employers would not want to hire me knowing that I have a transplant and that I am immunosuppressed, etc.  I am not worried about this only in the healthcare field either.  I have heard that some employers don't want to hire someone they worry might be having to leave work for lots of appointments or illnesses.  Not trying to be pessimistic, because it really doesn't matter in the long run!  I mean, they will do whatever they do!  And I will just have to cross that bridge when i get there.  But I was wondering what you thought about these things.  Thanks so much for any information you might have.  Love to hear from you.

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  • 1. I have worked in the ER of a hospital for almost 16 years. I had kidney TX in 2001.

    2. Most contagious diseases are caused by direct contacting. You'll be fine if you wear the gloves and wash hands. You need to wear mask, face shields, or gown if it's airborne like coronavirus patients. 

    3. You don't need to tell your employer about your health.  It's not required and it's HIPPA. 

    4. I don't tell anyone at work about my TX. I work hard. Everyone at work think I'm a super strong woman. 

    5. After interview and you are hired, you'll need to have a physical exam at occupational health department. All of your health information is sealed in occupational health department. No one can access to it. 
    Take care. 

  • I am trying to get back into the medical field. I am just looking at jobs not at clinics or pediatrician offices. I figure that would put me at to much of a risk. I feel if you do all the right precautions you can work anywhere. 

  • I know three women working directly with patients, who have had a Tx, One is a phlebotomist at the main lab in a very busy medical center, another is a dialysis tech, and the third is a nurse in a transplant clinic, I am sure there are many more I am unaware of. Each has reported that their employer was flexible, with regard to their schedules and needs. There are many members here that work in the medical profession. 

    There are other hurdles to consider, though. You must decide if you are able to work a full shift and if you can survive financially, as there may be conflicts with any disability pension or social security money you receive. Insurance is another aspect to be worked out, as not all employers will accept a Tx recipient to their group. In this recent pandemic, hiring is greatly affected as well.

    I have "spoken" to you in the past, I am sure you would be an asset to any future employer!

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