Nurses with ADD/ADHD? - page 15

by Metron

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Hey all! I was wondering if there are any nurses with ADD/ADHD out there who want to comiserate and support each other? I know I need the help/advice. It might also be a place for "regular" people (I hate the word normal) to... Read More


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    Thanks Leslie will look up info will post back on matter after Dr appt.


    Jerry
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    Quote from granna94
    here is my intro: any comments anyone?
    hello everyone! i received my bachelor's in nursing after hard work in 1991. i was 37 years old then.i am returning for another interview at a state prison where they had told me i would not get the job even though i interviewed well, because i am on probation for 2 mistakes in 1995. i was out of nursing for awhile and was reinstated in ca in 2004. i went to a nursing refresher school and worked in a ltc for 2 weeks. i love older people. i made a med mistake, was fired, and was diagnosed with adult adhd. (i tried to tell doctors in the 80's and then again in 95 i had adhd, they said no. i was also diagnosed in 99 with it, because i convinced a different doctor i had it. i went off the meds when my husband went to pa school because i thought maybe it went away and we could not afford the meds with no insurance)this is what caused the first two mistakes and the recent one. my background is icu, home health, step-down and sub-acute. i was icu for 3 and 1/2 years. i cared for prisoners there too. suicide attempts. lots of mva's. i was ccrn 94-97. my favorite job was home health. i love teaching. i have looked for many jobs. the larger hospitals won't hire me because i am on probation. the smaller hospitals won't hire me because they don't have enough staff. the blood center would not hire me either.i need maximum supervision for the first 6 months. some of my newer friends are wondering why i continue to stay in nursing. my older friends and my former icu team leader on nights, who will give prospective employers a recommendation for me, is glad i am returning to nursing. i cannot teach or work for travel agencies. i don't want to work in icu or er. i worked in a small hospital once and loved it, had a little bit of everything, back when i was good a t starting iv's.
    isn't it odd that they asked me to come again for an interview? they are not calling it a second interview but a new one. the first one had 4 nurses with one doctor asking me scenario questions.
    i sent a fax, describing my situation, to lois capps in washington. she is rep for santa barbara and a former nurse. she helped spearhead a bill that will improve the nursing shortage problem. i also want to contact senator cantwell in washington state who understands about adult adhd and wants to increase public awareness. i also have been emailing a nursing school teacher who has adhd.
    any comments anyone?
    granna94
    hang in there. keep working on it. i'm sorry about the mistakes but i believe things will get better in time. my question is about the probation: do you mean your licence is on probation or are you on probation for criminal stuff? not that my opinion will change. i just suggest hanging in there. someone will give you a chance.

    i've never been on probation but when i first started in the hospital, i had such a difficult time. i made a med error and they extended my probationary period. i just didn't understand hospital nursing because i've worked for childrens aid since i graduated from school. the staff could have easily been frustrated with me and i could have been fired. i made a mistake with the morphine and didn't give it on time. but they gave me a chance and really worked hard with me. boy did they ever work hard with me. i just didn't get it. but when i finally did.....

    have faith that someone will give you a chance. and even if it's in icu or where you don't want to go, take it anyway. proved yourself and then maybe you can be choosey about where you go.
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    need some advice:
    There is a job posting in my area at a walk in clinic. I currently work at a In patient rehab unit and I am trying to get out of it asap. I feel like I am not improving there and I feel frustrated that I cant get everything done or I am there late. I have other reasons for wanting to get out of the hospital setting, but I am wondering if a walk-in clinic is right for me. Is it a place that someone with ADD can thrive? is there a way that I can take courses to build up my critical skills in prep for this (or any job)? Any advice is appreciated.
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    Quote from sweetiepie, rn
    need some advice:
    There is a job posting in my area at a walk in clinic. I currently work at a In patient rehab unit and I am trying to get out of it asap. I feel like I am not improving there and I feel frustrated that I cant get everything done or I am there late. I have other reasons for wanting to get out of the hospital setting, but I am wondering if a walk-in clinic is right for me. Is it a place that someone with ADD can thrive? is there a way that I can take courses to build up my critical skills in prep for this (or any job)? Any advice is appreciated.
    Have you looked at the detailed job description? There are some places where the RN has to do things like obtain insurance auth for various procedures. Totally depends on the clinic and how organized they are. If it is chaotic, you are trading one fire for another.

    First thing might be to get an extremely detailed job description from someone who works/worked there. Get an idea of exactly what the job is and what support staff do. See if you'll be doing nursing work or support staff work.
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    Quote from medic2005
    just a vent i was trying to help my daughter do her homework tonight, simple fractions subtraction i just couldn't focus on her work, when i look @ that i wonder if i can not help my daughter do her math homework how will i ever survive in nursing going to see my doctor on the 26 of jan to see if for sure it could be add, or if i'm just having a bad mind game with myself on not bn able to focus on any matter at hand, hopefully i will find the right path to get this in order to help me to be a great nurse, it will be a long path although there is a light at the end of the tunnel.


    thanks for listening to my problems have a great year

    jerry, rn hopefull
    i can relate on that one. my daughter's 8yrs old and in grade three. the problem is, she's ahead in school in math and science. i find simple math a challenge and i've been having a hard time helping her with her homework. and i'm no teacher. sometimes, i have no idea what she's learning and other times i don't understand why she doesn't get it. she's doing math that i remember trying to figure out in grade 8. she gets annoyed with me when i don't understand. so, i decided to end all of the confusion and got a tutor instead. now everyone's happy! :hatparty:
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    I was so relieved to find all of your posts on this topic....I have been diagnosed as having ADD since I was 12 years old, and am currently in my second semester or nursing school. Lately I have been having trouble with focusing and putting things off and it has been getting worse. I am currently on Strattera (80 mg a day) and I do notice that it helps, but I still have my ups and downs. I am currently looking in to seeing someone who may be able to help me develop good habits and routines that could increase my productivity. I am very happy to see that there are nurses out there that have the same diagnosis and do well...it really gives me hope that I will be a great nurse. I know I have the capacity for great empathy and care, as well as a great work ethic, but I just need an extra boost. I was wondering if any of you could give me some tips on what helps you get through your days as a nurse or a nursing student. Any insight will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks a bunch.

    -Megan
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    Quote from earle58
    omg, mcf....someone w/bipolar and/or persistent anger/aggressiveness should never take a stimulant of any kind, as it only serves to induce more mania/aggression. i would go to a reputable psychiatrist and have him medicate you appropriately. you can write the apa and they will refer you to your state's apa (american psychiatric association). please, do not take anymore meds for 'adhd'.....

    actually, here's a list of their directory; just find your state and email them:
    www.psych.org/dbs_state_soc/db_list/db_info_dyn.cfm

    with peace,

    leslie
    Hello:

    I read something a while ago and 2 doctors even told me that they are seeing a link between ADD/ADHD and Bipolar. Apparently they can go hand in hand. It is possible to have both. I would suggest getting on a strong mood stabilizer if some one is bipolar before beginning stimulants including antidepressants. Anything that stimulates the mind when someone is also bipolar is a bad combination. Too many stimulants could throw someone into a manic episode. Rapid cyclers need to be especially careful when adding stimulants. If they have both they may also need to watch the season that they are in. In the summer time people with both will lower their antidepressant because of the sun light whereas in the dark winters they will up it. But this should be a plan of action that is discussed w/ a doctor. I just wanted to say that I agree with this post about using stimulants when one is possibly bipolar and ADD/ADHD. It is such a bad combo to have. However it is manageable. I would just bring it up to the doctor that you think or are concerned that you (anyone in general) feel that they have both.
    ~Psych

    PS... it may be necessary to have klonopin, prn, which has mood stabilizing properties for those days when you (again...general) have a bad day and don't feel "quite right".
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    Quote from psychnursewannabe
    hello:

    i read something a while ago and 2 doctors even told me that they are seeing a link between add/adhd and bipolar. apparently they can go hand in hand. it is possible to have both. i would suggest getting on a strong mood stabilizer if some one is bipolar before beginning stimulants including antidepressants. anything that stimulates the mind when someone is also bipolar is a bad combination. too many stimulants could throw someone into a manic episode. rapid cyclers need to be especially careful when adding stimulants. if they have both they may also need to watch the season that they are in. in the summer time people with both will lower their antidepressant because of the sun light whereas in the dark winters they will up it. but this should be a plan of action that is discussed w/ a doctor. i just wanted to say that i agree with this post about using stimulants when one is possibly bipolar and add/adhd. it is such a bad combo to have. however it is manageable. i would just bring it up to the doctor that you think or are concerned that you (anyone in general) feel that they have both.
    ~psych

    ps... it may be necessary to have klonopin, prn, which has mood stabilizing properties for those days when you (again...general) have a bad day and don't feel "quite right".
    interesting you posted that. my psychiatrist (who diagnosed my add) wondered if i was bipolar. he tried a med on me and my world went way slower. i was hearing peoples voices in a deep monotone and everything seemed to move much much slower. it was a weird time. i kept thinking "is this right? should i be feeling like this? is this the way the real world is? slow?"
    i used to be on dexadrine 10 mg tid. i loved it. it was like a curtain was lifted and i could see much clearer. i could hear things better. things just made more sense and i could focus. when i took my meds, i wasn't hyper and running around. i was much more calm and focused. i think the stimulants had an opposite effect on me. (i drink coffee before bed to help me sleep.) now that i have been off meds for about six years, i don't have to worry about the long and short term effects. one month i didn't sleep for two weeks. i didn't eat for a week and didn't care. i stayed up all night and cleaned. that must have been a bipolar episode. that's when my doc weaned me off my dexadrine. (i remember being upset about that too) now, i see my add doc every year and get my add skills refreshed and refocused. my coworkers understand me and my "quirks" and we have a trade off. they give me the reminders i need and i run around and do my physical work and help them with theirs.
    so, i wonder about your post. seems interesting to me. i just don't like the meds and how they make me feel. ever since my physc doc wondered if i was bipolar, i've wondered about that too. why do i get bummed out and down in the dumps once a month? i thought i was pms-ing worse than others!!
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    I can certainly relate to everyone. I work at a clinic where I build medisets for 8 hours aday which is not great for someone with adhd. All the nurses are making mediction errors but it seems I have made more and my are more serious. They have me on administative leave. I have ask for special accommadations but I don't think sitting still for 8 hours is good for me. I feel if I worked on a floor moving around I would do better but don't know for sure.
    Thanks for any relative thoughts.
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    Quote from jh479352
    I can certainly relate to everyone. I work at a clinic where I build medisets for 8 hours aday which is not great for someone with adhd. All the nurses are making mediction errors but it seems I have made more and my are more serious. They have me on administative leave. I have ask for special accommadations but I don't think sitting still for 8 hours is good for me. I feel if I worked on a floor moving around I would do better but don't know for sure.
    Thanks for any relative thoughts.
    Even before I became a nurse, and before I was diagnosed with ADD-H, I would not have looked for, much less accepted, a job which was monotonous and upon which others' well being depended.

    Have you considered an area of nursing which has variety and physical activity, rather than one which seems designed to undermine your concentration?


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