i am a soon to be nursing student and i have IBS. I am worried that having to go to the ladies room without much warning and being a nurse are not a good combo. Do you think that this can be a problem on the job?
Dec 1, '04
It depends on how bad your IBS is and what type of stress stimulates it. Mine is fairly mild and has never been much of a problem on the job. It's funny, but the type of stress I used to experience as a NICU staff nurse didn't trigger frequent trips to the bathroom -- although I was very careful about what I ate when I worked.
Other types of stressful situations tend to be more of a trigger for me -- which are sometimes a bit of a problem for me in my current role that is a combination of staff development and administration. For example, I recently gave an important presentation at a major nursing conference. Unfortunately, my presentation wasn't until the last day of the conference. I really couldn't enjoy myself very much in spite of the nice hotel, great food, etc. because I was so nervous and my IBS was acting up!
The best you can probably do is wait and see how you do in your student clinical rotations. If it's not a big problem there, it probably won't be much of a problem while working after graduation. If it is a big problem during clinicals and you can't find a good combination of medication and diet to control it, then you may need to re-think your career choice.