I just started a new job and have pneumonia. Very worried... - page 2

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I started at a wound care clinic as a Hyperbaric Tech/Wound Nurse on November 7th. Last Thursday (12/20) I became very ill and went to the ER. ER doc did a chest X-ray and said she "saw something" in the right lower lobe of my... Read More


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    I agree c BlueDevil.

    If the nurse manager says, "We can work it out," then take her at her word. Take care of yourself.
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    I'm not as worried as I was, but still have that little bit of fear in the back of my mind. Just taking it a day at a time. Worry never changes anything.
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    Quote from LTCNS
    Worry never changes anything.
    You know what? That is the best saying of all time!
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    I don't know that it would be fair to say that they wouldn't be worth working for. They may be very sympathetic to your illness, but the fact remains, they need someone in that position. It's within their right to look for someone else. Hopefully, they'll be able to muddle through until you're on the mend.
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    I don't know that it would be fair to say that they wouldn't be worth working for. They may be very sympathetic to your illness, but the fact remains, they need someone in that position. It's within their right to look for someone else. Hopefully, they'll be able to muddle through until you're on the mend.
    I think they're sympathetic, but I do understand they need to be adequately staffed. If I was let go I wouldn't take it personally.
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    If you feel well enough before your two weeks are up, ask for an MD note to return sooner part-time - like 4 hours per day. Just don't go back too soon or you might relapse. Sleep, sleep, do treatments, rest, do whatever you do to cheer up, sleep some more.

    And you're right, of course, worrying never helped.
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    I would feel the same exact way as you do. Sounds like the nurse manager is being really nice about it and that you don't have anything to worry about. Like they requested, just keep them posted of your status and reiterate how much you like your job
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    As stated, they could terminate you if they so desired. It sounds like honestly they need nurses, and you sound like a motivated employee who happened to get really sick, so I doubt they will terminate you. By the time they terminated you and trained somebody else you would probably be ready to return, so it'd defeat the purpose assuming you're an otherwise good employee.

    I hope you get well soon and are able to jump back into your new job once you're healthy.
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    What I feel badly for you about - other than you are sick - is that you are sick and this worried about keeping a job you've had for 2 months with having a legit reason (with proof) for being out. The stress of worrying about your job is not going to make your recovery go as well and I don't know if you are one who has a tendency to worry or if the job environment is one where you feel so unsure about your employment that you are worried for a reason. As far as staffing, I understand you feel badly about it but staff is not your concern - it's the nurse managers. If the staff is low and PRN's are needed then maybe your being out sick and the other nurse leaving will be the push that is needed for the management to beef up the employee number.

    You need to concern yourself only with getting well, keeping your NM informed (calls/emails/getting MD notes to her) and let the rest go so you can get better.
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    I would say take that time for yourself to get better,the only person that can take care of you is you. Plus it might be off-putting for patients to see you sicker than they are!
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