Pregnancy and work hours - page 4

by Ilovethe80s 9,062 Views | 36 Comments

Just wondering if anyone's OR unit has specific guidelines for work hours for pregnant nurses. I am currently 28 weeks pregnant and work full-time in the OR. I am required to take mandatory late days, which lasts as long as... Read More


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    I've been there as a scrub in the OR being pregnant. It's tough, I stayed out of totals with bone cement. One fine day I walked out of a total hemorrhaging and was taken off of work from the high demand of my job. It was at 28 weeks. If you don't look out for yourself, as you can see by the various answers on this forum, no one else will. It's unfortunate that nurses have such little compassion for their own.
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    I was 30 weeks pregnant when I was put on bedrest by my perinatologist and OB. My son always measured small and was diagnosed with a growth restriction. My perinatologist knew I worked 40-60 hour weeks in the OR and said there was a recent study that looked at women OB/GYN residents who were also pregnant. This study showed that these residents babies birthweight were much lower than the general population due to their constant standing and activity in the OR and hospital floors. I thought that was very interesting.
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    I was pregnant in the OR, scrub & circulating. I had to go on restrictions at work via doctors note at 32 weeks, so that I could last another 3 weeks before going off work a month before baby was due (I expected the job to get more tough, in pregnancy). It's not that I didn't want to work my room (which I would rather be doing, then stuck with paperwork) I developed complications from the job. With the extra weight and wearing lead, it became extremely painful to scrub. My OR was very accommodating, and I appreciate that. It makes me want to stay there for the long hull.
    I don't think think people should be getting automatic "special treatment." But we should protect our workers, if they require temporary modifications due to pregnancy or any other health issues.
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    I know this a couple of months old, but it has been very insightful. I am 24 and have been married 3.5 years. I have been considering becoming a surgical tech or possibly a nurse (I am really interested in surgery) but unfortunately I am just starting my journey (Pre-reqs) and my biggest fear is being pregnant as a new scrub tech or nurse...learning a brand new, physically demanding job, with people who don't know me and may or may not be compassionate. We have fertility issues and my husband is several years older than me, so we don't really have time to waste.

    Sorry I'm rambling! I'm thankful for this post, it has been eye opening. Maybe with our fertility issues it would be best to stay where I am until AFTER pregnancy...at a cushy M-F job that gives full benefits. I'll get to the OR someday..
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    Quote from PureLifeRN
    I was 30 weeks pregnant when I was put on bedrest by my perinatologist and OB. My son always measured small and was diagnosed with a growth restriction. My perinatologist knew I worked 40-60 hour weeks in the OR and said there was a recent study that looked at women OB/GYN residents who were also pregnant. This study showed that these residents babies birthweight were much lower than the general population due to their constant standing and activity in the OR and hospital floors. I thought that was very interesting.
    That's a very interesting study! I'm the OP and went into labor at work at 37 wks and 6 days and my baby was 5lbs 9 oz. My first child was 7 lbs 7 oz. I know each pregnancy is different and each baby is unique, but I do find what you posted as interesting.
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    Quote from catman88
    I know this a couple of months old, but it has been very insightful. I am 24 and have been married 3.5 years. I have been considering becoming a surgical tech or possibly a nurse (I am really interested in surgery) but unfortunately I am just starting my journey (Pre-reqs) and my biggest fear is being pregnant as a new scrub tech or nurse...learning a brand new, physically demanding job, with people who don't know me and may or may not be compassionate. We have fertility issues and my husband is several years older than me, so we don't really have time to waste.

    Sorry I'm rambling! I'm thankful for this post, it has been eye opening. Maybe with our fertility issues it would be best to stay where I am until AFTER pregnancy...at a cushy M-F job that gives full benefits. I'll get to the OR someday..
    Catman, I'm the OP for this thread. Let me just tell you that I worked up until I went into labor. Seriously, it was 0650 and I was getting ready to bring a patient back and I went into labor. I must admit that many of my coworkers were compassionate as were many of the surgeons, but Managment not so much.

    For those with not an ounce of compassion, like gadget, go figure!!!! It's no wonder some women hate the nursing profession. The most compassionate nurses are the ones I admire and who seem to be the most well rounded and respected by their cohorts and patients. The ones who could give a crap less of their fellow coworkers speak volumes to me as I can only imagine how much you care, or lack thereof, for your patients. For instance, the most crab apple of a nurse i know rolled her eyes at me when she asked how much maternity leave I would be taking and I told her 12 weeks. This is the same crab apple who months prior admitted that best thing she did was take an absence of work to spend time with her children. Pfffftttt! So what's good for her is not good for me apparently and it's that kind of behavior and logic that I cannot stand. May those with no compassion never find themselves in any circumstance other than the epitome of perfect health because it will be a wake up call.
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    Quote from GadgetRN71
    Everyone is replaceable. And they make special maternity lead that works very well. And sure, it would be great if the OR could be a place where we could all bond with each other and be all huggy-kissy but we all know that we have a job to do and all it takes it one lazy person to throw a monkey wrench into things. The ones that cry the most about wanting to be coddled often don't give the same consideration to others. It wouldn't surprise me to see the OP here in a couple years insisting that she shouldn't have to do holidays, because she has kids. Seen it happen way too many times.
    Wow, you sound disgruntled to the max.
    Last edit by dianah on May 29, '13 : Reason: Terms of Service


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