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I worked in a heavy MICU. I was high risk and and IVF pregnancy so my staff took extra special care of me. I made it to 35 weeks....I somehow was scheduled in my last 5 shifts 2 on 1 off 3 on nights. Finally with 2 shifts to make it to 36 weeks ( standard maternity leave) I threw in the towel at 35 weeks. I was in pain and swollen and just couldn't do it. Kind of glad because I went I to labor at 36 weeks! My doctor was going to write me out when I said the word starting at 28 weeks.
I was no hero. I wanted my time off before the baby was born I was p!ssed!
Believe it or not, I made it longer than most of the nurses on my unit. We honestly did have a high incidence of pregnancy on my unit ( the joke was if you were trying to get get pregnant, you needed to go into MICU and drink the water). But we also had a high incidence of early deliveries.
Do what you can, but don't be a hero. Your body tells you when enough is enough.
I have been pondering the same thing myself. The anxiety in nursing did not hit me until my exH decided he wanted a divorce when our first child turned 6 months old. Even though I had come off maternity leave 4 months prior and went per diem 2 days a week, I had to go back full time. Raising an infant, dealing with an affair, and divorce at the same time, gave me anxiety issues that weren't present before. For a while, my work was my escape.
I'm 4 years throught this mess, but realize my anxiety at work has become exacerbated. I am finding I have enough stressors on the home front, the stressors at work, which I now bring home with me in my new position are making me a crazy woman. Where as I used to pop a xanax 3 times a week, it is now daily.
I've seriously considered recently leaving the field to a much less stressful job. Only problem is, this is my profession, I can't go back to school and start a whole new career and I need to make a certain amount of money for me and my daughter to live. So....... Not an option.
I do have aspirations to win the lottery. I probably should start playing though.
Didnt mean to hijack, but I was going to actually start a thread with the same topic. I understand how you feel and I can relate. The stress of nursing is very high. And if you are like me who worries about others all the time and work isn't just work, it could be worse
To each their own, but I sure wouldn't go to a bar in scrubs. I always change in the locker room at the end of the day. The only time I leave the hospital grounds in scrubs is if I'm going to hit a drive-thru and report back for duty.
It just plain looks trashy as heck regardless of how clean they are. I won't leave my house in sweat pants for the same reason.
I think it looks really unprofessional. Germs and bodily fluids aside - think about how it looks to see a nurse with a bottle of Corona in his/her hand tearing up the dance floor. I certainly don't want that person taking care of my grandma! Think about how it would look in other professions: Police officer sitting at a bar in full uniform, or sous chef swilling back margaritas in their toque and white coat, lab worker getting down on the dance floor in their white lab coat. Nope - none of it sounds very appealing to me and seems like a cry for attention. If you're going out after work bring a danged change of clothes!
I'll be honest. The ICU I worked in was mostly all good looking people hired in the reign of my NM. I didn't realize it for a while. Don't know if it had anything to do about $$.
However, those good looking nurses aren't all young.
We have some hotties in their 40's and 50's. so........ I guess good looking could have experience too.
OMG, peds is so not easy and the one place I never want to work! I hated in in Nursing school. The screaming crying kid who doesn't want to take their medicine, not for me. Being responsible for the lives of little children? Uh-huh. Like the above poster said. One simple little decimal point can easily kill a kid (also in adults, but it's different)
I can't stomach seeing a child in pain, so yeah, not easy.
I always hand it to the pads nurses..... I couldn't do it.
Counseling for what? Like, a licensees professional counselor? If so, you must be licensed by going through a professional program (as the title LPC implies.). I'm not sure where you live, but in my neck of the woods, that means a Masters or Doctoral degree in psychology + internship.
This is a great article.
The weird thing that happened to me was, I got the anxiety and panic attacks 4 years into bedside nursing and in the ICU. Not as bad in the beginning.
It's a part of the reason I stepped away from bedside for a while. I was calling the floor often as to make sure i didn't miss something, I would second guess every move I made in fear of harming the patient.
I've had some med errors made in critical moments, nothing that ever harmed the patient luckily. I have also caught myself a few times before I almost made an error and that would freak me out.
Now I really dislike being away from the bedside and I want to go back, although I fear of falling into the same pattern again.
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