Pregnancy and Critical Care Nursing
- 1Dec 23, '10 by rach2103Hello 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?
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- 0Dec 23, '10 by tablefor9What they said, because those are inherent dangers in ICU; but, because of the workload in the units I worked in when pregnant with babies 1-3, I found the most dangerous things were the inability to stay hydrated and fed and take regular bladder breaks.
Mentioning your pregnancy may become unavoidable if you have patient assignments that you need to switch off.
- 0Dec 24, '10 by MissBrahmsRNcongrats! i'm a critical care RN. wear support hose (i wear those every single shift), STAY HYDRATED, take potty breaks, snack if you can, get lots of sleep. i think ALL of those are important. if you have a good relationship with your management and coworkers i would tell them. they will be more understanding of needing to sit down some more, needing to refuse certain assignments, etc. dunno where you work but we have alot of DTers & drug abusers, kicking, trying to hit, restraints, you could be kicked in the belly and your child endangered. be careful.
- 0Dec 24, '10 by BluegrassRNWe try to avoid giving our preggers nurses anyone in isolation, anyone with shingles, and anyone who is violent. That said, sometimes it isn't possible to avoid those patients depending on the census. We aren't going to overload one nurse with heavy patients so that the pregnant nurse can always have the light, easy ones, either. Pregnant nurse might give a lot of blood for example in exchange for not having some of the isolation or violent patients.
On reason we try to avoid isolation patients is the gowns and mask are so hot, we've had a few preggers nurses get light headed and have a bit of a syncopal episode due to overheating in the gown!