Any other diabetic nurses to be out there?

  1. I'm a type I diabetic, are there any other diabetics out there that are becomign nurses? Another gal in my class is also diabetic, type I which is interesting because there are only 11 of us in the class.

    I'm working on getting my diabetes under tight control - along with my weight!

    :roll
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  3. by   LadyMarine
    hi there I too am a diabetic, out of my class of 38 there are only 2 diabetics but the other controls hers with diet. I too am type 1 and take insulin 2 x a day. It is kinda funny we are doing insulin injections in class on a grapefruit, I told my class for 5 bucks each they can give me my shot. LOL Nancy
  4. by   cherokeesummer
    LOL, good plan, when we get to injections I will have to share that with my classmates LOL!

    I'm on an insulin pump so they can't really stick me too much!
  5. by   LadyMarine
    Amy, Email me LadyMarine33@aol.com Nancy
  6. by   RedSox33RN
    I'm a Type 1 diabetic also, on an insulin pump. My endo asked me if I would consider becoming a diabetic nurse, but I'm really interested in the OR and anesthesia.
  7. by   BrwnEyedNurs
    I am a type I diabetic and I have been on an insulin pump for about a year. I will be starting clinicals this fall. I would like to know if anyone is taking any extra precautions to prevent their infusion site from being exposed to germies?
  8. by   missmercy
    I am not a diabetic, but had a very dear frined who was a nurse and a brittle diabetic -- she had some other issues in her life too -- those issues would often get in the way of her taking good care of herself. We had to literally carry her to ER on occasions after she would fail to eat, fail to medicate or function under really high stress situations for very long. We lost her to diabetic complications about 3 years ago.

    I do not relate this to sound down for those of you who are diabetic -- just a reminder to make sure that you take care fo your selves!!! Sometimes, we as nurses are great at caring for others and forget to look out for ourselves -- I miss my friend terribly -- she was a fabulous lady, a gifted nurse -- but failed to do what was in HER best interest! Don't let that be you!!! Eat right, exercise, get your rest, take your meds -- be up front with your collegues-- if you feel like your sugar is out of wack --- test it!! And then -- take appropriate action!!
  9. by   RedSox33RN
    Quote from krm6a
    I am a type I diabetic and I have been on an insulin pump for about a year. I will be starting clinicals this fall. I would like to know if anyone is taking any extra precautions to prevent their infusion site from being exposed to germies?
    I asked my endo about extra precautions, especially with open "poke" holes on my fingers, and he just reminded me to use universal precautions, and I will be fine. If something is particularly bloody or "juicy" (so to speak!), I may want to double-glove, but that was about it. I plan on carrying an extra tube of glucose in my pocket at all times. I'm also going to start wearing a MedicAlert bracelet (I know, I know - I should be wearing one now anyway, and I do when I go out), even though I have made it known, against some advice, to my school that I am diabetic. I've got no reason to hide it, and by law they can't discriminate against me.

    I've been on the pump about a year and a half, and I think I'll be VERY thankful for it in September, what with the wacky schedules, and not being able to eat on a set schedule like I had to do when I was on MDI.
  10. by   cherokeesummer
    Thanks for sharing your experiences gals! I hadn't thought of anything extra for precautions. I just try to keep my hands washed!

    Yes having the pump has been a blessing i more ways than one!
  11. by   smartblnde
    Hi,
    I am new to nursing, and have been wondering how to handle the whole diabetic thing. Last night, giving report as I worked with my preceptor, I went hypoglycemic. The nurse to whom I was giving report asked if I could do this job. That irritated the heck outta me. But, can I do it? I am now doubting myself, and I graduated as an 'A' student. What suggestions do you all have? I have been type I for 36 years. Now, I am scared about my future.

    Joan

    Quote from cherokeesummer
    I'm a type I diabetic, are there any other diabetics out there that are becomign nurses? Another gal in my class is also diabetic, type I which is interesting because there are only 11 of us in the class.

    I'm working on getting my diabetes under tight control - along with my weight!

    :roll
  12. by   cherokeesummer
    I can't believe that they would ask you that - they are a nurse and should know that diabetes does not mean you can't do things, just that you have to make life flexible.

    If you are on an insulin pump that should be helpful, if not try to look into it. Also, keep something in your pocket if you can to help boost your sugar!

    When I have clinicals I keep a cereal bar or candy in my labcoat pocket.



    Quote from smartblnde
    Hi,
    I am new to nursing, and have been wondering how to handle the whole diabetic thing. Last night, giving report as I worked with my preceptor, I went hypoglycemic. The nurse to whom I was giving report asked if I could do this job. That irritated the heck outta me. But, can I do it? I am now doubting myself, and I graduated as an 'A' student. What suggestions do you all have? I have been type I for 36 years. Now, I am scared about my future.

    Joan
  13. by   smartblnde
    Hi, Cherokee,

    By the way, my name is Joan... : )

    I am on the pump, and I do keep smarties with me (one roll boosts my sugar 50 points), but occasionally, things slip by and my readings go low. I am awaiting the axe to fall this coming week.... that is, IF that nurse spoke with the supervisor.. we will see. There is always McDonald's up the street if I need a quick income in a jiffy. NOT what I want, but there is a reason for everything, so I just have to keep the faith that I am being lead where I am supposed to go.

    Thank you for the quick response, and helpful hints!

    Joan

    Quote from cherokeesummer
    I can't believe that they would ask you that - they are a nurse and should know that diabetes does not mean you can't do things, just that you have to make life flexible.

    If you are on an insulin pump that should be helpful, if not try to look into it. Also, keep something in your pocket if you can to help boost your sugar!

    When I have clinicals I keep a cereal bar or candy in my labcoat pocket.

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