1. 0 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. She also has to have Christmas off because this is going to be her last child-free Christmas. Oh and by the way, she can't take care of anyone with VRE, MRSA, or any other type of isolation. "Yukky wounds" make her nauseous, so she can't take those patients -- in fact, wouldn't it be best to just have her do charge all the time?

    We're a large unit and have 1 - 6 nurses pregnant at any given time. Plus there are those who can't travel to interventional radiology, take infected patients, etc. because they're TRYING to get pregnant.

    The last nurse to have her baby had to sit in the chair her entire shift "because I'm pregnant," and had orientees to do everything for her. Not the role of I preceptor, I'm thinking!

    What's the strangest/most irritating thing you've had a coworker demand because she's pregnant?
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    Ruby Vee has '38' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'ICU/CCU'. From 'the Midwest'; Joined Jun '02; Posts: 9,226; Likes: 34,624.

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  3. Visit  memphispanda profile page
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    Same problems with fellow students in my class. Not to mention the baby talk can get old after a while.
  4. Visit  Dave ARNP profile page
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    Back before my day women carried the baby and plowed the lower 40. Sometimes minus the horse/donkey.


    Tell'em to get over it, get moving and be glad their not wearing a saddle.


    Dave, who finds that to be a lazy a$$ excuse.

  5. Visit  SnowymtnRN profile page
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    Now i understand the not taking CMV, maybe MRSA patients, etc...cuz that could be hazordous. And i understand the not going to radiology cuz that is hazordous. But all that other crap??? Is she INSANE??? i have 2 kids, have worked pregnant and otherwise, and let me tellyou, just because you are expecting doesn't give you any "special" status. I'd tell her to shove it, that if the patient load is fair, and there's no "physical" reason she can't do things, then she needs to do it. Not to mention, the no weekends, holidays crap....WHATEVER. What does your boss say??? That's crazy!!! I've never heard of anyone bowing down to demands like that. Maybe i need to apply there!
  6. Visit  RN2B4ABBY profile page
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    When I was pregnant for my daughter I was a full-time college student and my husband and I worked on our house. It was the foundation at the time. (We are building our house ourselves because then there will be no mortgage.) Anyways, everyone kept telling me to just rest. I want to say that my labor was easy and pretty comfortable and I bounced back very soon afterwards. I think that staying active was a huge bonus for my body! How is a woman's body going to handle something as demanding as birth if they sit around and do nothing for 9 months?
  7. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    We have a relatively new nurse who's almost 8 months pregnant and absolutely MISERABLE. I'm pretty sympathetic---I went through that five times myself---but I think it's time to take maternity leave if you can't answer call lights at least some of the time, and need the PRN nurse to pass all your meds for you. I certainly don't mind helping her out, but I think it's time for her to give it up!
  8. Visit  BabyRN2Be profile page
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    Quote from Ruby Vee
    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. She also has to have Christmas off because this is going to be her last child-free Christmas. Oh and by the way, she can't take care of anyone with VRE, MRSA, or any other type of isolation. "Yukky wounds" make her nauseous, so she can't take those patients -- in fact, wouldn't it be best to just have her do charge all the time??
    What's she going to do on weekends after she has the kid? "Umm.. hey, could you put this kid back into my body? It's the weekend and I want some time off."

    Or the Christmas deal - what's Christmas without the joy of kids? (other than Christ's birth). What family member hasn't felt the fun of shopping for a kid and watching them open something on Christmas morning??

    This woman needs a reality check. The world does not stop because you are pregnant.

    And btw, you might need to remind this lady that even though her pregnancy is special to her, she's not the first woman to ever have given birth before.:chuckle
  9. Visit  prunepie profile page
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    i have a question related to this.....i have been pg before but lost it..during the time i was pg..i was literally barfing in my car..all over myself..with no ryhme or reason.... my question is... i know you can take medical leave.... but for how long...the whole pregnance?? and what can you do if you need the money but cant do some of the jobs??? thanks so much since i do plan on becoming preg again one day and fear the nausea is going to be a big one for me again ..thanks xo jenn
  10. Visit  z's playa profile page
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    Quote from memphispanda
    Same problems with fellow students in my class. Not to mention the baby talk can get old after a while.
    Tell me about it...."Do you want to see some pictures of my cutie taking his first poop?" Er.....no? :stone
  11. Visit  ARmickie profile page
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    Jenn... every pregnancy is different. You may or may not be sick the next time.

    As far as using pregnancy as an excuse, that's one thing that has always made me mad, and never really worked as an excuse as far as I'm concerned. When I was managing, I always demanded the note, With Explanation, from the OB as to why someone couldn't do the job. I worked 16 hours the day before I had my youngest daughter.
  12. Visit  uk_nurse profile page
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    well i'm nearly 12 weeks pregnant and unfortunately the doc has put me off sick for a few weeks cos im not well and i cant carry out my job, i need to rest as i'm a high risk of having complications in my first few weeks, but i have been pregnant 3 times before. I have done my job as a nurse would and havent used my pregnancy as an 'excuse' not to do anything.At the end of the day pregnancy is not an illness.
  13. Visit  Hardknox profile page
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    Quote from mjlrn97
    We have a relatively new nurse who's almost 8 months pregnant and absolutely MISERABLE. I'm pretty sympathetic---I went through that five times myself---but I think it's time to take maternity leave if you can't answer call lights at least some of the time, and need the PRN nurse to pass all your meds for you. I certainly don't mind helping her out, but I think it's time for her to give it up!
    I totally agree. Avoiding X-Rays and highly infectious patients is a given, but if you can't perform the other duties of your job description go on maternity leave. What happened to the war cry of the feminists and natural childbirth advocates--Pregnancy is a natural state and should not be viewed by the medical establishment as an illness. Sounds like these people are divas!
  14. Visit  uk_nurse profile page
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    [QUOTE=Hardknox]if you can't perform the other duties of your job description go on maternity leave

    if you cant perform duties of your job i totally disagree by saying you should go on maternity leave. Health and safety law states that if this is so its up to your employer to find you a job you can do with same pay, if employer cant the pregnant woman can be on leave with full pay. I totally agree with this. At the end of the day the pregnant woman and her baby are important. Also those women who disagree with this i wonder if their views will be the same if they were in that situation. Would be interesting to know.
    i'm not causing conflict just expressing my views. im not saying pregnant nurses should sit and do nothing. i dont. Today i started work at 07.30 and worked 14 hr shift and didnt have my break till 17.00!! i worked nearly 10 hrs with no break and i'm almost 17 weeks pregnant!! so it works both ways

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