I'm excited to start my first RN job but wanted to get feedback from other Ortho RNs--or any health care workers on how to manage the floor and patients while being pregnant.
I didn't choose this specialty--but as a new grad who's been out of work since May, any job is a great job to start! I just discovered the Ortho specialty page and I'm concerned about all of the lifting that will be involved.
I'm not certain what my patient ratio will be, how many CNAs will be available, but I want to be able to pull my own weight on the floor without hurting myself or my patients. During my last semester, I worked Ortho/Post op in Peds and moving the majority of the patients wasn't an issue. I loved the unit floor but I also wasn't top heavy at that time. I'm currently 20 weeks pregnant and experiencing an uneventful pregnancy (no complications--still working out 4 times a week). I'd appreciate any advice from those of you who have experienced working Ortho while pregnant and how to maintain your own safety.
Thanks in advance!