Pregnant and working as RN - page 6

I would like to ask this to anyone who has worked as an RN while she was pregnant. I am 4 months along (my first), and work a 12-hour floor that is extremely busy. Sometimes I don't even get a... Read More

  1. by   mattsmom81
    I have been upset when management has chided me for giving a cushy assignment to one of my pregnant coworkers. I had to sell them on the idea that 'If we want them there we must protect them a bit...or go shortstaffed".....finally convinced my manager this way, but it was tough. I will always consider the pregnancy of a coworker in my assignment.

    So many infections, MRSA and VRE now, HEPC, combative patients, stress.....I became preeclampic and I'm sure my hectic workplace contributed. The swing shift made it hard to work in my third trimester..couldn't get enough sleep. Finally ended up on bedrest when my doc put her foot down.

    If you have trouble and your workplace isn't supportive, talk to your doc...and let him/her know the workplace stresses. You may have zero problems like others have said, or it may be a drain...take it as it comes and look out for you and the bub, as said.

    Best wishes...take care of yourself!!
  2. by   Chiaramonte
    "I have been upset when management has chided me for giving a cushy assignment to one of my pregnant coworkers. I had to sell them on the idea that 'If we want them there we must protect them a bit...or go shortstaffed".....finally convinced my manager this way, but it was tough. I will always consider the pregnancy of a coworker in my assignment. " mattsmom81
    It's just awful that you had to work so hard to get the understanding and compassion for our co-workers that management [nursing]expects us to show our patients. Kindness and understanding are the virtues that make us human.
    You are to be applauded for your efforts in making sense of it all!
    Last edit by Chiaramonte on Feb 6, '03
  3. by   NicuGal
    I worked up until I delivered....3 twelves in a row every week. But then I had 4 to recup Drink a ton of water and make sure you get a break to prop those tootsies up. I pushed a kid down to surgery, was in charge and had 4 kids of my own and ran to 2 code pinks the night before my water broke. Now it that didn't put me into labor, nothing could have LOL.

    Just take it easy once you are home And enjoy this pregnancy!
  4. by   dstout-rn
    Here are some new pics of the boys
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  5. by   dstout-rn
    here is another this Carson the smaller twin he is 8# now the other twin is Colbey he is 13#!!!
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  6. by   dstout-rn
    This is Colbey...
  7. by   dstout-rn
    here is the picture
  8. by   UTVOL3
    I had got pregnant unexpectedly a few weeks after getting my lisence. Financially there was no way I could quit. So I kept on working, on a floor just like yours. I often didn't get a break either but I worked nights so i had to at least sit down and do 24 hour checks. I was generally fine except I did have some pretty severe edema the last few weeks and my pressure was a little higher than they'd have liked it to be. I'd say if there's anyway possible you could take about the last month or so off, do, except then there is that whole thing where you are home, bored, eating and begging the Dr to induce you. If you are healthy it is really up to you. Congratulations and good luck! Take care of yourself and your little one!
  9. by   maddie45
    What does everyone think of being put on light duty (asking OB for light duty note)?
    I'm 31 weeks. I work on a busy tele floor that is always short staffed. And I'm just so exhausted!

    I feel like I'm abandoning my co-workers. My manager has talked with me and I'm probably going to be doing admit/discharge paperwork for nurses and making follow-up dc phone calls, etc. So, I'm still contributing to my floor.... I don't know, just feeling blah....

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