Hi....I just wanted to get some input from others that are/have been pregnant while working in the ER and how it was on you. I am almost 25 weeks and planning on working until I go in for my C-section. So far, it's been ok. I notice I am a little more tired and I have occasional nights that my back is sore. But the plus side is that I've noticed family members not treating me like a waitress as much...
..... they look at my belly and refrain from asking for coffee or a soda. The other night, I was called to a room to scoot grandma up in bed (g'ma weighed a ton)... and the daughter looked at me and told her huge hulking son of about 20 y/o to get up and do it. Why they don't do that in the first place is beyond me...but at least they do have SOME decency left for pregnant women. I am considering a "strap-on belly" when I go back to work after my maternity leave.
Anyway, did ya'll work the entire time? If not, when did you have to cut back hours and/or stop working? How did being pregnant have an effect on your job?
Thanks for the input........I'm seeing my doctor tomorrow and we'll discuss the whole 12/8 hour shift toward the end of pregnancy thing. My co-workers have been great. They actually scold me if they see me even emptying linens and I am assigned triage alot lately...even though we all know that while it's not as "physical" as the back, it can wear you out psychologically! :uhoh21:
As far as the first trimester/triage thing, I don't know if it's "official" but I agree, I don't think it's wise to be exposed to everything that walks in the door at that time of pregnancy. Again, my co-workers (charge nurses) helped out a lot with not assigning me risky pts.
Thanks for the feedback...this is a great site!!
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Last edit by LeahJet on May 6, '05
Jun 22, '09
I am a new ER nurse and only 8 weeks pregnant, but already noticing some changes in how I work. I don't mind people throwing-up around me, but emptying the emesis basin is almost too much! Things that didn't gross me out before are becoming a little bit of a problem. I too plan on working until my due date, but because of a preeclampsia issue with my first baby, I may not be able to. I am concerned about infectious diseases and the like, but my co-workers are great about telling me to stay away from a certain patient or not putting a patient with chicken pox in my room if they have the choice. I try not to use pregnancy as an excuse not to do anything and hope that working will keep me fit and active mentally and physically while I'm pregnant. I can't wait until I really start showing so that patient's family members will start to pitch in or whine a little bit less! I never thought of that! I know that the original poster already had her baby, but I hope this helps others!
Last edit by elizabert49 on Jun 22, '09
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