... Jobs require a TB test and when I present them with my doctors letter saying I'm ok to work around others, they seem to not call me back and or say they don't have any current clients for me to work with. What is so ironic is that I think I got the Latent TB from a former client with a company that did not test the clients. Most health care jobs test employees yet seem to be ok with clients being contagious to the employees. They claim its a FL law, they cannot ask clients for that personal info. Will I ever be able to get a healthcare job in the field I'm passionate for with this life long label? I will never pass a TB test!
You can't have a tb test, you'll react every time, but they are supposed to then do a chest xray. You should be able to work with a neg chest. Its federal law they can't ask patients this stuff, I have a problem with it to, going out and drawing blood from patients, I thought it was only right that they should have to tell us they had things like aids or hep. Luckily most people have a sense of what's right and will tell you. There was a time when all patients were tested for syphillis and had a chest xray when they went to the hospital, now we are put in danger. They say we're not because we're supposed to use universal precautions with everyone. I haven't figured out yet how that totally protects us. Rubber gloves don't stop needle sticks. And we don't wear masks. Particularly not ones with a hepa filter.
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