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Abandoning Ship

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speedynurse is a RN, EMT-P and specializes in ER.

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Sometimes - you need to do what’s best for you and your health. A job comes second. Nursing can be a rewarding profession, but not if you destroy your own health in the process of it. Also, the best thing about it is there are so many options! Sounds like you found one that will work better for you. 

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Serhilda is a ADN, RN and specializes in Cardiac Telemetry, Emergency Department.

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Leave, and to hell with lining up another job first too. Find something far away from direct patient care and run. Don't feel an ounce of guilt. I sure wouldn't. You don't owe the general public your life. 

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Tirednurseandmomma14 has 11 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ED, LTACH, Home care, Urgent Care.

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I can relate. I am really struggling at work and all I am exposed to in the ER. I have had many days where I cry on my way home and say I didn't know I was signing up for this. I am so fearful to get this virus and pass it on to my family. Take care of yourself first- you are always dispensable as a nurse. 

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brandy1017 is a ASN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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With your age and comordities of recent cancer and asthma I would think your employer would waive you taking care of corona virus patients.  Have you talked to employee health about your concerns and asked for a disability accommodation?  Or at least to use a PAPR vs just a TB mask.

I would look into this before giving your notice.

 

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Instead of feeling guilty, why not applaud your intelligence and good sense?

Get out.  Get FMLA or just quit.  Best wishes.

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brandy1017 is a ASN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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On 3/20/2020 at 12:56 PM, Trampledunderfoot said:

What about family members?

I am currently caring for my great aunt with a compromised immune system who is in her 90's and another family member who is older with asthma.

They are of the group that have been ordered to stay home and not expose themselves, while I work at a prison, currently with no COVID-19 cases, but with the potential of a very nasty outbreak.

I care for these family members, and we are pretty much all of our family that is left.  I cannot live else where, and have  no one else to care for them.

I hate the thought of going without work and income, and since I am young and very healthy, hate the thought of "abandoning ship" when there are nurses like OP out there who shouldn't have to be exposed.

But what about my family?

If they are ordered not to be exposed and go out, while I am bringing hordes of germs home to them and must do things like cook their dinner, how do I make this work?

If I quit, or cut back my hours, will I never be able to find a job again because of my history of taking off when the healthcare system needed me most?  On the other hand, how can I live with myself if the only family I have left dies because of me?

 

What if you showered and changed clothes before you see your family and wear a mask if you have one.  If you wash your hands or wear gloves wouldn't that be OK?  You can use alcohol or bleach to wipe down door knobs, handles etc.  I think some basic supplies like bleach wipes are starting to come back to the stores in limited supplies.  Heck I even saw toilet paper today. LOL

Alot of us have either young children or elderly family we take care of.  These are some steps we can do if we can't self isolate like the health care personnel of China did.

 

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Safety Coach RN has 7 years experience and specializes in Behavioral Health.

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On 3/17/2020 at 4:45 PM, cin808 said:

I'm coming to realize that I am not cut out for this profession (54 yo, licensed for 12 months).  We are faced with this crisis and I am not up to the task.  I've been sick with URI 3 times in 11 weeks--I'm catching everything.  Cancer tx ended 17 months ago and it's taken its' toll.  I'm dealing with some GI issues and I'm terribly out of shape.  I am also very concerned about catching this virus.  I feel that if I catch it, it will be the end for me.  I have asthma and am prone to pneumonia.  

It's hard to accept this reality.  Of course I'm feeling awful about leaving my fellow nurses behind.  I'm just off orientation feel a sense of loyalty to them but I'm just not ready to die.  They are mostly much younger and from what I can tell, much healthier.  

I will be jobless and poor but hopefully alive and if I can recover from the sense of guilt for failing and abandoning my coworkers, I hope to resume private duty cases and sub school nursing.

I'd love to hear your thoughts.  

You have to take care of you, first and foremost. If you can’t do that, then what is there to feel guilty about? We can’t really fault any nurses that are high risk for COVID-19 or have someone at home that’s high risk. 

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I wouldn't give up nursing if you enjoy it. Not everyone is cut out to work at the hospital or other fast paced jobs. I'm working private duty/home health with 1 patient making pretty decent money. It's pretty low risk of infection and slower paced relative to other nursing jobs I've had. There are other nursing jobs out there, just start exploring and talking to other nurses like you're doing here.

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I felt the same way at 54.  I was a med-surg nurse for 3 years and decided to look at other nursing jobs.  I learned a lot as I applied and interviewed. There are so many different opportunities and so many schedules available for nurses.  I ended up at the same hospital in case management and I love it!  The other job that I came close to accepting was public health.  That would obviously be challenging in these times, but I think I would have  liked that too.  I really like working a normal 8-4:30 m-f and no weekends or holidays. It is also nice working with patients without physically taking care of them.  I hope you find something you enjoy and feel safe doing!

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