ADHD Nurses-what area do you specialize in? - page 3

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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    Somebody mentioned they have severe ADHD - I probably have severe ADHD - combined type because wasn't diagnosed until 3 years ago at age 63. I had problems with most nursing jobs - lost at least 15 over the years - probably made hundreds of medication errors. I've had several specialities. I was a dialysis (hemo) nurse for 16 years, did home health for 7 - the home health is good for someone with ADHD because you only have to focus on one patient at a time. I'm working 2 days a week in a small nursing home -I get SS and no pension since I never worked anyplace long enough to get one (by the way, I'm working with chronic pain) Who could live on SS?. I've been diagnosed with depression by at least 5-6 therapists. Then, finally my boss diagnosed me - I got diagnosed by doc quickly - put on med which helped - then quit that job shortly after because I was sure I was going to be fired. From age 63-65 I had no med insurance - no meds (remember - medicare starts at 65) worked part time. It was scary - I have several medical problems. Then, I finally went on medicare - have med. advantage plan -HMO. I restarted the Vyvanse I had been taking - but forced to stop because my med insurance no longer covered. So now, I take generic Adderal - which helps but it's not perfect

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    I have always had symptoms of ADHD and for the most part i credit it to my success in school. Behavior modification and diet regulations really helped. I recently left my Med-surg posistion and while there I noticed my symptoms effecting my preformance. the longest I've had a job is 2 years, i tend to get bored and find a more interesting position. I was just hired to a position in Critical Care and I'm worried that, while i will finally have a position that can hold my interest, my symptoms of ADHD may limit my preformance or god forbid endanger my patients. any advise on how to handle the critical care setting with this level of impulsivity and distractablity? Its a night shift position which i hope will help. I tend to be able to focus more on night shifts. Id like to avoid meds in the long term but Im not opposed to them in the short term if theyre needed to get me to a point where the behavior therapies can start working.
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    working the er where things have to be done now,other nurses would say "don't jump when they order something"i needed that it was my little secret even when i began taking Concerta it got better.But I still needed to do everything stat
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    I have been an RN for 28 years now and have worked in a variety of settings over the years, chronologically; NICU, cardiothoracic surgical ICU adult, Newborn nursery, NICU again, postpartum, lactation consultant in private practice and for the last 12 years LDR. Now, at age 50, I have been diagnosed with combined type ADHD. What a fantastic relief! This diagnosis has enabled me to recognize that my strengths exist, in part, because of my ADHD, and has allowed me to identify the things that I am not as good at, while developing strategies to cope more effectively. For example, I have noticed that I am far more capable and confident when working in a higher acuity environment, that is highly STRUCTURED, than a floor nursing environment with many competing patient tasks and priorities. I have no difficulty managing my own critical situations, because I am structured and organized within my own bed-space, but feel completely inept if I join in to help a co-worker because I don't know where to start! Now, when everybody is running to help, I know that the best place for me is covering the board, watching tracings, and covering for those who remain in the crisis area. Win-win. My stress level is now so much less, and I am much better at my job! I also fine that my social anxiety issues fall into place with my new understanding of myself. It is a whole new ball game! Best wishes to you and good luck on. Long and fulfilling professional career. It can be done! Develop strategies and routines that work for you. Consider a therapist to work with you for professional development support, or perhaps engage a life coach. Find the strengths inherent in your ADHD, and dare I say, enjoy them! Good luck in all you pursue.
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    I am add I am still a student but I want the hustle and bustle of a busy ER
    I think that it will be good for me because I will have many patients with different problems
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    I'm an RN supervisor at a 120 bed subacute facility and I have ADHD, I'm fairly well managed on meds however with my crazy sch at work sometimes I'm unable to get to my doc appts and have had to go without my meds sometimes for a few days, not easy and certainly increases anxiety and exacerbates my ADHD Sx's. it's a struggle but I think overcoming ADHD and being successful is a great example for others who think they can't do jobs that involve a lot if concentration and responsibility.
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    I haven't read all the responses here but I recently found out I have ADD (thanks nursing school--my brother has it but we are TOTAL opposites--never occurred to me I would have it) and REALLY struggled first semester of nursing school. Barely passed but I did. I think I'll be fine the next three if I passed the hardest first! However, any advice is great. I'm sick of my professors giving me negative feedback during evals such as "slow down, take a deep breath, relax! stop being anxious, stop talking so fast!" blah blah. This is who I am and I don't want to conform to society norm just to fit in but its tough. I also work as a CNA on neuro (med surg like) and feel that some nurses just don't "GET" me. I'm sure I come off as flighty. Any advice or helpful hints to make it through nursing school without completely losing my confidence in ME would be greatly appreciated....
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    I have ADHD and specialized in ER nursing. I believed that this was the best specialty for me as did my psychiatrist at the time. At 41yo and years of experience, I have learned that the ADHD-ER combo has it's pro's and con's. The fast paced and rapid changing environment was a blessing on many levels: I was allowed to constantly run around, burning off energy, and never forced to sit for any period of time (as opposed to OR nursing); my short attention span was supported (as opposed to ICU nursing); and I was never bored (as opposed to all those clinical rotations in Med/Surg in nursing school). When I was younger and have far more energy to expend, I worked in even busier ER's where I'd hit the floor running from beginning of shift to end and my "personality" went unidentified and never became an issue because everyone was too busy to notice that I was different.

    Here are the con's: Long-term exposure to highly stimulated environments such as ER eventually break down the psyche of anyone with ADHD. On the suggestion of my psychiatrist, I took a position in an ER with a far lower census... and was forced to come out of the closet so to speak. Experienced ER nurses have the abilities to identify the s/s of mental illness and chemical dependency. And you know that we, as ADHD nurses, LOVE that the world ties these two very different disease processes together. Because of the slower environment of this ER, where nurses sat around waiting for patients (something I could not do), I continued my energetic path by helping the techs stock, helping the unit secretary with phones/paperwork, and even helping EVS clean. These actions landed me in the DON's office, accused of questionable behaviors consistent with impaired nursing and chemical dependency issues. Even though the DON cleared me of any wrongdoing, the stigma was present among my peers and, eventually, I resigned.

    I have since returned to school to get my BSN, and accepted a part-time job in a clinic. It was a very hard transition but I did it. And today, I have no idea where to go to from here.
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    Any advice or helpful hints to make it through nursing school without completely losing my confidence in ME would be greatly appreciated....
    @ohellemarie Check out George Glade, APRN's, book "The Stimulus Driven Brain". He's a psych APRN practicing in an urban ER & he also has psych practice where he coaches ADD/ADHD students & professionals. His book is a great place to start - it's written for the ADD/ADHD college student. Its full of practical tips & advice for organization, study skills, etc. By the time you're done with that his book on the ADD/ADHD professional should be out. His podcast area also fairly useful, especially the one detailing the 'Good, the Bad, and the Ugly' of stimulant meds.

    http://stimulusdrivenbrain.com/
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    Some time ago a thread formed, may even be a different site, asking the difference between ER and ICU nurses. There many responses, some quite involved. But the real gem was the simplest answer. ER = ADHD, ICU = OCD.
    NurseLady504, TallSN, VivaLasViejas, and 1 other like this.


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