Quote from bella_
Thank you for the welcome!
It's good to meet someone with bd and working as a nurse. I know it can be done! If you don't mind sharing, what types of accommodations do use use?
I've been very fortunate and very, very blessed to have a wonderful boss and to work for a decent company that likes to see their people succeed.
Since my diagnosis in February 2012 I've had a rather bumpy road---lots of time logged in a doctor's office, med changes, and mood episodes that were even more numerous than they'd been before. It's smoothed out a LOT over the past 2 1/2 months, but before that, it was a battle royal. Last summer I had a manic episode that created so much disruption that I was actually sent home---with pay!
---for four days to get things under control. Then this winter, I spent the entire month of December in a blue funk that made me wonder if life was worth all these indignities.
I've always had trouble working 5-day weeks in nursing. It's too hard for me, both physically and mentally. I've done it now for 2 1/2 years---the longest I've ever stayed at one job---but it took its toll, and early last month both my boss, then Corporate sat me down and told me the facts of life. I've been pretty open about my diagnosis at work, but I didn't know it had gone as far up the food chain as it had. Fortunately, we all were on the same page: I want to succeed and stay in my job, and they don't want to have to train someone new when I'm perfectly capable, as long as I'm medicated and getting enough R&R.
So they offered me a four-day schedule, with Fri-Sat-Sun off every week. It's probably one of the best things they could have done, because the 10-hour days give me all sorts of time to get things done without feeling so rushed. My efficiency has increased, while at the same time I can spend more of my time OUT of the office and with my residents (I work in an assisted living facility). The three days off are just right---this allows me to have a life outside of work, yet I'm ready to go back on Monday morning with renewed energy.
There is also a stipulation that if I run into trouble with my illness, I have to go on medical leave until my psychiatrist clears me to return. While a worker cannot be fired merely for having a mental illness, s/he can be fired if that illness creates an unsafe situation in which patients and/or co-workers can be harmed. I made several critical transcription errors during that manic episode last summer and was disruptive, angry, and agitated by turns, until I was sent home and strongly
encouraged to call my doctor when I got there.
Another employer might have kicked me to the curb by now, and honestly, I know all this help isn't just about making Viva happy......but I'm grateful for it, and now that I'm finally stable, I feel I can take back more of the duties my boss used to delegate to me before I was forced "out of the closet", so to speak.