Nurses with ADD/ADHD? - page 11

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... Read More

  1. Visit  Bipley profile page
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    Quote from jubeepepper
    GOD staff meetings are the worst. I either try and get super involved (and angry) about an issue and get in trouble or I sit there and doodle for about 10 minutes and then have to leave early. Treatment team or team conferences have never been good either, sometimes hours long listening to the same docter tell the same patient all his or her theries on why they are the way they are. I just want to blurt out everything I know he will say fast so it an be over with. I have to carry a notebook every where I go so I have something to do, write letters, draw, pass notes, whatever....
    I got in trouble once by the DON for spinning in my chair. You know, it was the kind that you push off with one foot and spin away to see if you can get dizzy. But you have to understand, first of all I didn't know the DON was in there. She walked in unexpectedly, obviously. Secondly, I wasn't the only one not paying attention to the video taped 3 HOUR long BORING inservice on safety in the work environment. In case you missed it that is THREE HOURS on what to do in a thunderstorm, tornado, flash flood, deep snow (We are in the desert for petes sake!), what to do if we find a strange unmarked package, blah blah BLAHHHHHHHH!! Others were making faces, some where doing those weird animal shapes against the screen, one guy fell asleep. I was spinning in my chair.

    I got a long lecture on how expensive those videos are and I should have been paying attention.

    Listening to her drone on made me wonder what she would do if I started spinning in my chair again.
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    Quote from earle58
    oh Lord, the urge i get to dopeslap the back of so many heads in hopes of making them talk faster/spit it out.
    I know exactly what you mean. But I don't call it 'dope' slapping someone. LOL
  3. Visit  teeituptom profile page
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    Im obviously one of those slow talking calm and sedate people sometimes they even check my pulse to see if Im still alive. I hear The same way too. Some of those fast talking gibberish people I just nod and smile at them and totally ignore them.

    A Slow Smooth Golf Swing is Better Than A rushed Hurried swing
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    Quote from teeituptom
    Im obviously one of those slow talking calm and sedate people sometimes they even check my pulse to see if Im still alive. I hear The same way too. Some of those fast talking gibberish people I just nod and smile at them and totally ignore them.
    Earle58 and I would be smacking you upside the head left and right in an attempt to push those words out once and for all!
  5. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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    Quote from Bipley
    Earle58 and I would be smacking you upside the head left and right in an attempt to push those words out once and for all!
    or better yet, blow you completely off and onto other tasks at hand.

    and why is it i always have 20 tasks going at once, all incomplete?:chuckle
  6. Visit  Medic2005 profile page
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    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
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    Quote from earle58
    or better yet, blow you completely off and onto other tasks at hand.

    and why is it i always have 20 tasks going at once, all incomplete?:chuckle
    Doesn't EVERYONE have 20 things going at once and none of them done?

    However, I propose we finish the TeeUpTime task! :chuckle
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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
    Jerry...

    There is ALWAYS a light at the end of ANY tunnel. Sometimes it's just not the light you were expecting. Try not to have expectations so if it turns out to be something different it's easier to accept. That sounds like I'm referring to nursing school and I am NOT! I mean the dx, it could be lots of things. Find out for sure, get treated, and have an easier life.

    Why stand when you can sit ... kinda thing.
  9. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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    Quote from Bipley

    However, I propose we finish the TeeUpTime task! :chuckle
    sheeesh, forgot about him. ok 21 tasks.
    wait....he's been dopeslapped already.
    1 task complete.
  10. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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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
    having problems with helping your daughter does not rubberstamp you with add/adhd. it could be a myriad of disorders, or simply stress. sometimes when i'm helping my kids, i become hyperfocused and cannot stop on one problem until it's been solved. and it's just not with homework.

    in nsg., yes we multi-task. and yes, you can be doing 10 things at once.
    the difference w/add is the multi-tasking is not intentional. we start doing one thing, get sidetracked into another, then another, remember the initial task at hand, get distracted again and your mind is one blurry electrical current. although i will never, ever be organized, i am comfortable in my mess.

    if you want some insight into add, i read this book "the ADDed dimension" by kate kelly and peggy ramundo. it was spectacular.....except i forgot what it's about; but do remember it leaving a most positive impression. these ladies are also the authors of "you mean i'm not lazy, stupid or crazy?!"

    but again jerry, don't try to dx yourself. if you suspect add, call your md who will refer you to someone who specializes. much luck to you.

    leslie
  11. Visit  Medic2005 profile page
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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
    [font="comic sans ms"]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.
  13. Visit  sweetiepie, rn profile page
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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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