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undergrad RN
I'm a twenty-something Canadian student. After stumbling through a few years of college, I finally managed to get into the nursing school of my dreams, where I hope to graduate in 2012 with a nursing baccalaureate degree. I want to offer an honest look into how a modern nurse is educated, both good and bad. Eventually I hope to compare my education to my day-to-day career and see how it holds up. Whatever happens, it should be somewhat entertaining. Find me on allnurses.com!
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Immunizations, part 1

Today I had to go get my immunizations verified. Luckily, my mother is a militant records-keeper, and I was able to show that I had gotten a plethora of jabs as a baby.

They want me to go into a lab to get some bloodwork done, to see whether I have adequate Hep B immunity. I had the series of Hep B shots while in high school, but apparently that may not be enough.

I also had that nasty Mantoux skin test done. Something about them separating layers of my skin just gives me the heebie-jeebies. I could feel the kind of popping as (I think) the dermis came away from itself. Or maybe that was just my imagination - either way, it was gross. The blister that formed was kind of neat, though, it was all hard and white-looking. I tried not to poke it, but you know how that is... I just had to keep checking back on it, just to see!

The blister went away after about 20 minutes. As of now, it's a little bruised but no scary reactions or anything. No TB for me - or, not yet! I have to go back on Thursday so that the nurse can 'interpret my results'.

All together, the cost of this jab of TB proteins and the form I need them to fill out came to $60, which put my bank balance at $2.11. Oy, to be not a student anymore...