Hello all! I have a question regarding being pregnant in nursing...
3 months ago, I transferred from an orthopedic floor to a cardiac ICU. I found out yesterday that I am 5 weeks pregnant (yay!), but got to thinking about work...
I have heard that varicella/chicken pox patients are the only isolation patients you are not supposed to care for. Are there any other restrictions while pregnant?
When should you tell your supervisors about your pregnancy? I didn't think I wanted to tell them right away, but then I thought that maybe they could be aware when making patient assignments.
What do you all think?
Dec 24, '10
I asked my dr because im 10 weeks pregnant and she said to not worry about varicella. I do have a positive titer but she said while she wouldn't go purposefully exposing myself to those conditions the only one she would recommend i restrict myself from caring for was CMV. I haven't told my work yet but im starting to show unfortuantely so i will have to tell them in the next couple weeks. The one thing that is a concern for me is combative pts / delerium I had a pt that tried to punch me in my stomach a few weeks ago and yesterday i had two pts with combative histories....both were fine but those are unpredictable situaitons that make me nervous. For the most part my pts are really great so this is rarely an issue but i work in acute inpatient hospice so delerium and terminal restlessness can happen when you least expect it.
Last edit by evolvingrn on Dec 24, '10