I need some guidance. I have been on the m/s unit for 7 months. Lately, I have dreaded going in. Friday was the
first time I called out sick ever and was told to take two tylenol b/c we need you. I told them no and that sick was sick. I felt so guilty for calling out too but I just didn't feel well, Everynight is crazy. There is no reprieve. They staff us to the bare bone and de-staff our aides. I have left so many mornings in tears. The good thing is that I work with
some great nurses who are supportive of a new nurse. I think I could handle the stress but I have been having
problems with my knee. I had to get clearance on my Knee before I started and at the time I felt good. But now I am having some recuring pain due to arthritis and I
need a knee replacement. I am only 38. Lately, I have been in pain on every shift. I am afraid to tell them I need surgery. Ideally, I would like to work partime but they don't seem too keen on it. Since I have not been there long I don't want to rock the boat. If I knew what I knew now I would have passed on floor nursing but I needed the experience.
Please can someone give me some advice.
Jun 1, '09
You have to do what you have to do...If you are having problems with your knee, you need to take care of yourself first; even if that means doing part time or getting surgery and taking medical leave. Take care of yourself!
Jun 1, '09
Thanks for your reply. I have told them I need surgery and will be scheduling it in Sept. That is if I make it there
that long. That place is Crazy.
Thanks for the feedback.