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Nurse Educ Pract. 2012 Nov;12(6):328-32. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2012.04.004. Epub 2012 May 22.

Nursing students with latex allergy.

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  • 1University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Nursing, Johnstown, PA, United States. edk21@pitt.edu

Abstract

Latex allergy affects millions of people in the general population and a higher percentage of health care workers. Nursing students with a latex sensitivity pose a unique challenge for the nurse educator. Students may enter the program with pre-existing latex allergy or develop the allergy during the educational process. This manuscript explores the implications of latex allergies exhibited by the nursing student. It addresses the responsibilities of the educator in the skills or simulation laboratory and during clinical learning experiences. It also offers suggestions for ensuring the safety of the student while reducing the legal liabilities of the educational program. The article addresses possible policy ramifications for nursing schools.

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