But I'm Pregnant . . . . . - page 5

Along the lines of the "But I have little kids . . . . " thread: One of my co-workers announced her pregnancy this week, stating that she was no longer willing to work weekends or holidays because she's going to be a parent. ... Read More

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    Had to jump in on this old one also. I'm a CMA and work in a very busy family practice. We have a gal in our office who spent her entire pregnancy front office (dr's office), couldn't pull charts (unable to stretch that high), unable to carry charts (too heavy), unable to do ANY back office (couldn't be on her feet). She had a miscarriage I'm not sure how many years ago and has lupus so she was basically on light duty if you want to call it that her whole pregnancy. She comes back to work 4 weeks after delivery and a month later...guess what??? She's PREGNANT again! So we're back to the same exact thing as last time.

    While I certainly want her to have a healthy baby...the girls a sweetie...I think it's unfair for the rest of us to have to pick up the load if she can't handle the physical aspects of the job. It IS a doctor's office, it's not all THAT physical.

    Lorraine

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    Hey Everyone!

    First let me extend a good job out to all those pregnant nurses who are still bustin' their butts and not using pregnancy as "an excuse" not to work!

    And, just to add another side to the story, try being a pregnant RN looking for a job! I lost my job in New Orleans due to the hurricane completely destroying my hospital. After that nightmare, we relocated and shortly afterwards I found out that I was pregnant! I needed time to recover from the whole hurricane ordeal, and then I started putting applications out. Well, the interviews go great but they always manage to ask the questions that make me say, yes, I'm pregnant. And now my my belly is getting bigger by the day so there is no hiding it! I have an interview at a dr's office monday and i hope they are more understanding. I have had no complications (knock on wood), i'm feeling good these days, and I don't plan on taking any kind of huge long maternity leave. I am desparately broke and WANT TO WORK! So, we'll see what happens. Anyway, just thought I would throw that in
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    I worked until the end of my pregnancy. Severe nausea, vomiting, backaches, you name it. I did not ask for help w/ passing meds, treatments, or call bells. Out of curtesy, my coworkers gave me the group closest to the nurses station. I would not lift heavy patients alone, but then no one should. Everyones pregnancy is different. Some can work with no limitations and that is not so for others. If you are too sick to do a nurses work, find something else to do until its time for delivery.
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    Hi there! Just a few words come to mind reading this old thread:

    First: Let's just agree not all pregnancies go the same way---some go without incident. We all have heard the story of the nurse who "checked herself into L/D in active labor, after working her 18 hour shift downstairs"--e.g. "what a woman"! , etc. We have also heard of those stuck on bedrest after the 4th month, sadly.

    Next, we can all agree: It's not the same for everyone. And while there ARE women who take advantage of their "delicate conditions", most press on and do the best they can, given this TEMPORARY condition.

    Let us also agree, while reasonable accomodation should be made, it should not be at the cost of coworker's wellness and need.

    Finally, let's also agree not to turn this into an anti-pregnant-coworker thread......and keep the insensitive, inflammatory, generalizing, or uncaring remarks out of it, if we can, please.

    Thanks!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jan 27, '06
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