Pregnancy and Critical Care Nursing

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    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?

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  2. 16 Comments...

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    Avoid pts who are eceiving Ritonivir, and use strict chemo precautions with hazardous drugs and antivirals like gancyclovir
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    I'm not sure but we do avoid letting the pregnant nurses give chemo although if they follow the precautions...gown and glove when handling the chemo (it comes already spiked and primed) and the patient's urine/secretions..I THINK it shouldn't be an issue.
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    I work Critical Care and am almost 9 weeks pregnant...besides chicken pox/varicella, you are not supposed to be around VRE. I also asked our intensivist about TB, and he said to avoid them because the anti-TB meds aren't good for pregnant women. Hope this helps!
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    What 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.

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    I forgot to say Congrats op!!
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    I work in NICU. We restrict pregnant nurses from caring for infants with active CMV infections, also Parvo. I know that's pretty random but those are really nasty infections for a fetus.
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    congrats! 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.
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    We 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!
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    I think you need to tell your supervisor PDQ about your pregnancy. They need to know your situation so they don't ask you to do things that you really shouldn't. Not to mention people might think you are slacking if you ask for extra breaks etc.


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