ADHD Nurses-what area do you specialize in? - page 2

by k31kozumi

I would very much like to hear from other nurses with ADHD/ADD! What area of nursing do you work in? What do you love about it? I appreciate all who take the time to answer :) Thanks... Read More


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    I was recently diagnosed and after reflecting on my school career from elementary and especially high school I wish my parents had been attentive/educated that I had a problem. Anyways, my dream is to land in LD one day and be able to do relief work. I have a little bit to go, I will finish up my LPN in five weeks.
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    Not ADD/ADHD, but bipolar with a high level of distractibility when in a manic phase, so I can relate to some of this. You folks are doing a great job of brainstorming! I've worked with a few nurses who just did not do well in certain situations (e.g. staff development, MDS nurse etc.), but kicked butt in ER and outpatient surgery, where things move quickly and don't require 20 pages of paperwork on each of their patients. There's a place for everyone in this profession.....good on you all for helping each other find it!
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    i don't have add but my husband has been diagnosed with add/adhd, odd, and ocd.
    his odd diagnosis is based on his childhood and college behaviors. he isn't a nurse, he's
    a college professor and can frequently guess which of his students have similar problems.

    no area suggestions. i was a psych nurse before i became disabled. i just wanted to encourage
    you to keep taking your meds as ordered because it really does make a difference in your ability
    to concentrate ad accomplish your goals and be sure to take them on time.

    good luck!
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    I'm ADD and I'm OCD. I'm starting nursing school in the fall. Making sure to take your meds DOES make a huge difference. I was so ashamed to seek help, but I had to because it just kept getting worse & worse and was affecting school. I still don't like for people to know because I get judged. It's something that I seriously can't help.

    It's funny that everyone has said ER, med-surg, and critical care because those are the units that interest me. Glad I'm not alone in my struggle. I just hope the SON doesn't look down on me or judges me for it. I'm scared of that.
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    Quote from k31kozumi
    I would very much like to hear from other nurses with ADHD/ADD!
    What area of nursing do you work in? What do you love about it?

    I appreciate all who take the time to answer


    Thanks
    This is a response to the student with ADHD who is starting her nursing program this fall. One of my roles as a nursing educator is to work with students with disabilities. Our program has a team that works with the student and their advisor from disability services to help the student be successful. It is scary to register with disability services and tell your teachers you are registered because of the concern that we might discriminate against students with disabilities. Here's my advice:
    1.Register with disability services. They are very helpful.
    2.You don't have to reveal your "disability label" to your teachers. That is none of their business. It is helpful, however, to tell them how your disability affects your learning. "Sometimes I get anxious when someone watches me do a skill" or "Sometimes it is difficult to focus". Work with your disability advisor and the teachers to help the teachers understand your learning style. When teachers don't know a student has adhd, they sometimes label the behaviours as lazy, unfocused etc, and blame the student rather than supporting learning.
    3. use exam accommodations. They level the playing field, but don't give you an unfair advantage.
    4. Remember that most nursing educators want you to be successful.
    best wishes.
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    while you have absolutely no obligation to share "the level of your disability," your professors can't help you
    or make things any easier for you unless you're honest and aboveboard with them.

    my husband is a college professor and he will help any student he knows has any type of problem learning, but
    he can't always do his best if he doesn't know at least the basic problems because he isn't a mind reader.

    he's taught students who distract easily and they often take their tests in a quieter place such as the library.
    he's let a couple of kids turn in recorded papers because they were in a severe car accident.
    he didn't call on one girl who had severe panic disorder and ocd in class because it would scare her so.
    he had a young man who didn't want anyone to know he was severely hearing disabled and my husband didn't
    figure out that was his problem until after halloween. by then, he was on the "d f list" and when he got the
    assistance he needed, he got straight "as."

    your instructors and professors aren't being nosy, they just want to help you do your best.
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    Me personally, I have a hard time keeping up with the fast pace. I am in a adult day care where its a little more smoother until i know what im doing cause one day i get it and the next my nerves take over and its like ive never aqquired the skill.
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    I'm so glad I found this thread. I'm not a nurse yet, I'm starting school this spring, and I'm worried about how my ADHD will affect my studies in nursing classes. How did you guys cope with things while in school?
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    hi, i am also a new grad and started working at a med surge floor. I know exactly what you mean. It is so frustrating to go in and out of the room because I keep forgetting things.
    Charting is also so frustrating because I forget to do them, so at the end of the day I have tons to chart
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    I gave myself plenty of time to study to include "mind-wondering" time. I would re-watch lectures in my own time, and when my mind wonders I would replay it.


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