I found out today that I have shingles. I will be calling my supervisor in the morning, but I was wondering what your hospital's policy is on whether or not you are allowed to work with a shingles outbreak. If I were scheduled to work tomorrow I would be calling in because I feel lousy. Luckily I am not scheduled again until Saturday and hopefully the antiviral med I was prescribed will help me feel better by then.
I work in the NICU and am not sure what our policy is. I want to work if I feel better but I also don't want to risk exposing the babies I care for to the chicken pox virus. That could be devastating to an immature immune system.
My PCP said he usually tells his patients they can work if they feel up to it, but in my case he said he wasn't sure.
Also, any suggestions on "comfort measures" for shingles? The pain is driving me nuts. I have been taking ibuprofen but will call my PCP in the morning to tell him it isn't helping. He said if needed, he could call in a script for something stronger but I was just wondering if anybody had any tips for getting through this without pain meds.