Can I be a nurse Anaesthetic?

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    Hi,

    I am studying adult nursing however before i started I was sadly told that I am a Hep B positive. Which means I cant work in A and E or in the OR.My question is, what can i pursue a career as a nurse anaesthetic? This is something ive really wanted to do so I was disheartened to hear a nurse say that I would not be allowed in the OR. However,before i cross that option off completly, i wanted to be absolutley sure that was the case. Does anyone know if I will be allowed to do this? Any advice will be appreciated please.
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    Hi. I'm sorry to hear that but don't give up too early!
    im not 100% but my feeling is if you've been told you cannot work in those areas then you won't be able to even when working with anaesthetic.
    Problem is the patient is laid open on an operating table and is very susceptible to anything in the environment.
    Therefore as a safety precaution they've got such procedures in place.
    I'm not sure how this would differ from one area to another however but you're best asking around to see what individual work areas say.
    Best of luck with everything.

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    (Original post by titan1990)
    Hi,

    I am studying adult nursing however before i started I was sadly told that I am a Hep B positive. Which means I cant work in A and E or in the OR.My question is, what can i pursue a career as a nurse anaesthetic? This is something ive really wanted to do so I was disheartened to hear a nurse say that I would not be allowed in the OR. However,before i cross that option off completly, i wanted to be absolutley sure that was the case. Does anyone know if I will be allowed to do this? Any advice will be appreciated please.
    In all likelihood you would be limited from doing exposure prone procedures. I.e. any invasive procedure in which there is a possibility of you cutting/injuring yourself and exposing the patient to your blood. This means careers such as a scrub nurse or A&E nurse may be out of the question because of the nature of the procedures you may be involved with.

    An anaesthetics nurse should not be involved in any EPPs. And you won't be stopped from simply entering theatres. However I am not sure how many pure anaesthetics nurses we have, or whether they alternate between being the scrub nurse and assisting the anaesthetists.
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    In all likelihood you would be limited from doing exposure prone procedures. I.e. any invasive procedure in which there is a possibility of you cutting/injuring yourself and exposing the patient to your blood. This means careers such as a scrub nurse or A&E nurse may be out of the question because of the nature of the procedures you may be involved with.

    An anaesthetics nurse should not be involved in any EPPs. And you won't be stopped from simply entering theatres. However I am not sure how many pure anaesthetics nurses we have, or whether they alternate between being the scrub nurse and assisting the anaesthetists.
    Thank you very much ForestCat, you have given me a little hope. I'm going to investigate further on this.
 
 
 
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