I know there are threads on this already. I have read through some of them, and most people seem to agree that it is safe to be pregnant while being a nurse so long as you exercise precautions. People use the argument that it is safe based on the fact that they had healthy babies, no problems while working as a nurse. I know that the odds are there that you will have a safe pregnancy, but as I am planning a pregnancy in the near future, i am not without reservations. You could admit a patient, no suspicion of anything, and then voila: influenza or something.
Just the other day, we had a suspected TB patient that had to be transferred to a negative pressure room, so in that time, all were exposed (not my patient, just saw what was going on, don't know the outcome). I work in the ICU where we have combative patients often, withdrawal patients, many very obese patients (over 300 lbs), and all of the other obvious things that every nurse is exposed to.
I really love my job, though, and am hard working, not the type just to get out of an undesirable assignment and use pregnancy as an excuse. I also can't be without my job right now either, so that plays into the equation. I am going to talk about it with my OB when I go for my next appointment, but I wonder if people that are pregnant nurses just say it's okay because they have no other choice but to work in a higher risk unit like ER/ICU/m/s since they're already there? Let's face it: as nurses, we have the highest risk of exposure compared to other professions. I have already had one in my time, and there wasn't anything I could have done differently to prevent it. I got the blood tests, and luckily, everything was fine as it was not a needle stick, but if I were pregnant and had been exposed to hep C (even though the odds were small), I would have freaked out.