Nurse ABC 9,527 Views
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Congratulations! I had two successful pregnancies while being a school nurse and being constantly exposed to all kinds of things on a regular basis. I decided to quit school nursing to stay home and take care of my kids. I contracted Fifth's Disease during my third pregnancy when I wasn't working anymore and I passed it onto my own kids so we don't know where I got it from. The rash started on a Friday afternoon after my dr was out of her office and she told me to go to the ER. The ER doctor told me I didn't have that-I had some other weird rash that wouldn't harm my baby. My daughter's KG teacher said it looked like Fifth Disease to her a few days later so I kept having this nagging doubt and when I went back for my regular check-up with my dr she ran a blood test and it was postive. I have no idea why they didn't just run that test in the ER! I had to undergo routine ultrasounds through a high risk OB out of town to check for complications until my third trimester. Thankfully everything turned out fine. I was the first case of Fifth Disease my own local OB doctor had ever had so it's not as common to get during pregnancy as I thought. Then my baby got it when he was a few months old which suprised me since I thought maybe he'd have immunity from it. The point is to enjoy your pregnancy and don't worry about what you don't have or might get or you'll drive yourself crazy!
Purple Scrubs I took several years off to raise my babies and had no trouble getting back into it. I don't regret it at all!
I'm back into school nursing where I intend on staying this time! I had a case of the grass being greener elsewhere. I had only worked one year in the hospital before becoming a school nurse for almost 10 yrs. I missed the hustle and bustle of a hospital and the pay so I returned only to last six months. I found out I'm where I'm meant to be with school nursing. Here are the things I now appreciate that I had taken for granted. I can now sleep in an extra hour since I no longer have to be at work at the crack of dawn. I may be busy but at least I have time to take bathroom breaks and I can actually sit down part of the day. I can now count on being home on time every day and still have enough energy to function after work. I don't constantly have doctor's or supervisors breezing in telling me what to do and yelling at me (literally) for not doing something the way they like. I don't have supervisors giving the butt-kissers a requested day off instead of me. I'm more than an extra body. I get to be in charge of my own office space. I get to feel a true sense of accomplishment when I help a child feel better or refer them for something their parents had no idea about. I get to work with and develop a relationship with the kids and watch them grow and enjoy the funny things they come up with. Everything is not life and death all the time. The day is much calmer even on my busiest day. I get snow days, summers, weeks at holidays, weekends, and nights off with no call-outs. I was getting burned out on the lice, parents who either didn't care enough or so much they bugged me all the time, not always being respected, etc-all the reasons we post about being frustrated but that is a walk in the park compared to all the BS you have to deal with in the hospital. I'm glad I took the chance to try something else so I could appreciate what I wasn't sure about. School nursing is not perfect and it is a job but it can be a good one. I no longer crave so much hustle and bustle and feel so much better that I can be there for my family. I hope this encourages someone!
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