Quote from consideringnursing
p.s. I am interested in Med/Surg nursing, and possibly psych.
Med/surg seems to be one of the busiest nursing jobs
out there and probably isn't the best fit for you. It's physically exhausting on top of being busy, and that's not good for your body either. I worked in med/surg as a CNA while in nursing school
and remember vividly that I barely got my breaks, and the nurses were just as busy with meds and charting.
Now I work in Neonatal ICU and it's usually much nicer in regards to getting time to eat, drink, and pee. HOWEVER with any job, there are times you have the shift from heck. I've gone a full eight hours without a single break, bathroom or otherwise. But those shifts are few and far between.
Psych, on the other hand, might be a good idea. Outpatient nursing is a possibility as well. You just don't want to get into a situation where you have patients calling you constantly that need your help RIGHT NOW. Sick, bedridden inpatients can't wait, but a patient in a doctor's office usually can, you know?
The nurses I work with who are diabetic often carry things like granola bars in their pockets. If it's obvious they're not going to get a break anytime soon, they'll sneak off into the locker room or something, and quickly eat their snack, gulp some water from the water fountain, and get back to work. It's not good to do all the time, but it sure beats fainting. Try to stay as hydrated as you can during the time you aren't at work. Chug a ton of water before you clock in, as well as any chance you get during your shift.