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Why do student nurses tend to get sick on pediatric rotation?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Children and infecio: Children are frequently hospitalized with severe viral illnesses. Obviously, with their inherently bad hygiene, student nurses interact and may contract their virus.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Community resistance: People tend to become less ill by having earlier episodes that built their immunity. Someone who works in a pediatric clinic daily will eventually develop a tolerance to new germs that are similar to those that went through last season.A student nurse,fresh from an adult setting, but newly exposed to kid germs will go thru a break in period. After a while, and some illness, they resist better
Last updated Nov 17, 2015

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