I am 28yrs old, just graduated from nursing school and passed NCLEX on the first try.
Everyone says how excited I must be about finishing with nursing school but I am not; I'm actually pretty bummed because I am realizing that I won't be able to perform up to a good standard due to health issues. I've had chronic fatigue for the past six years that is progressively getting worse. I work as a PCT in a hospital and I am able to perform that job but only to an adequate standard since I typically am struggling to stay away and function.
I've tried to diagnose and treat this but have hit nothing but dead ends. CBC is normal, no mono, iron is normal, b12 supplimentation didn't work. I did see a fatigue specialist who believes I am suffering from a viral infection but the treatment is over 15,000 without insurance.
What should I do? I don't want to start working a job that requires so much energy and mental focus and I don't have any way to pay for this treatment. Plus, I am not going to sink all this money into something that may not even make me feel better.
I'm not looking for medical advise, just career advise.
Jun 24, '11
Try school nursing. You won't learn too much, but it's not too physically demanding and it's rewarding.
Last edit by Girlygirl69 on Jun 24, '11
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Jun 24, '11
by Whispera, CNS
Have you considered that you might have depression? Sometimes that presents with overwhelming fatigue. If you haven't seen a family practice doctor, I'd recommend it. Sometimes specialists like a fatigue doctor only see their specialty...
I wonder how the fatigue doc decided you might have a viral infection. He "believes" it? Wow, to spend $15000 without clear evidence might be over the top!
Can you get a job that's part-time, so you can rest a few days per week? How about working in a doctor's office rather than in a hospital? Sometimes doctor's offices aren't as intensely busy or as physically stressful as hospitals are.
Last edit by Whispera on Jun 24, '11