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Authors

  1. Hornberger, Cynthia A. MS, RN, MBA, ARNP
  2. Chongruk, Paula E. RN
  3. McKee, Roberta J. RN
  4. Keen, Kimberly S. RN
  5. Jones, Jo Anne RN

Abstract

Management of nursing students exposed to bloodborne pathogens in the academic setting continues to challenge nurse educators. Management issues include nonreporting by students, lack of established policies and procedures, and inconsistent application of postexposure policies. The authors confirmed previously identified 50% nonreporting rates by students. Development of a postexposure management plan is discussed, emphasizing the need for psychological and medical interventions.