Lifting during Pregnancy - page 2
How much weight is it considered safe to lift during pregnancy? Did you still continue to scoot patients up in bed and turn them when pregnant?... Read More
Jul 2, '04Joined: Jan '02; Posts: 5,673; Likes: 159Quote from gwenithThis is a main reason I appreciate ICU as I get older... more patients are bedfast and I can utilize this method. If I were not ICU certified I likely could not remain in facility nursing due to spine injuries and surgeries over the years and resulting arthritis.The best way to go is to try and get "no lift" policies introduced. When it comes to moving patients in bed slide sheets/ move tubes are cheap, effective and can be used by virtually anyone.
Floor work (ortho, medsurg) is brutal IMO and takes its toll on the body over years. Some facilities respond better than others with appropriate staffing and equipment, but personally I choose not to do floor work anymore.
From an 'old' nurse: it IS more than just lifting properly...its repetitive stress so be verrry careful. Hospitals go to 'no lift' policies to protect themselves more than their nurses, IMO. They can short staff us then claim we didn't follow 'policy' if we get hurt moving a patient, so they're not responsible for our injury.
I will now let a patient slide to the floor vs risking injury to myself, and will refuse to lift/move patients if I don't have enough help to safely do so..... but I was NOT taught to do this in school..
Nurses are not synonymous to martyrs but some facilities seem to think so. Hope today's nursing schools are doing a better job of teaching nurses how to protect themselves on the job; I had lip service and the promise that lifting properly would always prevent any risk of injury. Wrong.
Take care of yourselves nurses...if you don't nobody will, believe me. :stone
When I was in my last month of pregnancy it became difficult for me due to the swing shift floor workload, and my doc took me off work, luckily. We suffered a bit financially but had a healthy baby, which was my priority. I was getting pre-eclampic and stress of the job was aggravating it. So nurses: keep your HCP informed so they can best advise you.
Best wishes for healthy pregnancies and babes!
Jul 2, '04Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 60,445; Likes: 16,853Quote from KayRN2003That's really too bad. We've always helped each other out when a nurse has a weight restriction that is going to be temporary. Where we work there are minimum physical demand requirements on file and we see them once a year when we are evaled. So technically if we are unable to fulfill that job description they aren't obligated to accommodate us. But for a short-term time we usually do.My OB doctor has put the restriction of no lifting over 25 lbs on me. Along with another restriction. They aren't going to accomodate me in the area i currently work.
Jul 3, '04Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 738; Likes: 2Anybody else have a co-worker who says she could be pregnant everyday? "We're Trying'" she says. Of course thsi means no isolation rooms or lifting. Don't get me wrong, we're not unkind about it, we make a joke out of it, bringing in $ Store Pregnancy tests. One morning we all said we could be pregnant, the charge nurse flipped!
Jul 3, '04Occupation: FNP Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience ; From: US ; Joined: Jun '04; Posts: 1,834; Likes: 263Ummm....since when is lifting prohibited in the first few weeks of pregnancy?
Jul 3, '04Occupation: paediatric RN Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 490; Likes: 2Quote from RN4NICULifting is prohibited for me in my first few weeks cos i'm a high risk of bleeding, as i bled in my 2 previous pregnancies.Ummm....since when is lifting prohibited in the first few weeks of pregnancy?
I think it is prohibited if it can cause problems and even miscarriages.
Jul 3, '04Occupation: RN Specialty: Cardiology ; Joined: Jun '04; Posts: 515; Likes: 53Hmm, sounds like discrimination to me if the employer is unwilling to accomodate you while you're pregnant. Your baby's safety (and your own) come first. I'm sure you can find some coworkers who will help you out. I know I would help any pregnant woman out. Please be careful, and to h#ll with your employer if they want to be that way. Good luck!
Jul 3, '04Joined: Nov '01; Posts: 5,250; Likes: 4,136That's amazing to me! I can't believe that a hospital or actually, any job for that matter, would not in some way accommodate or have another temporary position you could work while pregnant. Pregnancy is considered a temporary "disability" because you can't meet the weight lifting standard. It does not mean that you are incapacitated. My job moved me into another temporary position when I could not meet the minimum weight standard - I was allowed to work in my position until my 3rd month. I'm a firefighter/ paramedic and I thought the whole thing was going to be very difficult with my dept. There must be some sort of policy regarding pregnant employees.
What have other previously pregnant co-workers done in the past?
Good Luck to you and congratulations on your pregnancy!!
Feb 23, '06Occupation: full time nursing student Joined: Dec '02; Posts: 53I was fired for not being able to lift more than 20 lbs while pregnant. Other than that I am completely capable of doing my job.
Feb 23, '06Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: 12 year(s) of experience in Psych, Med/Surg, LTC ; From: US ; Joined: Nov '05; Posts: 1,734; Likes: 756I worked night shift med/surg right up until delivery. I never asked for special treatment, however my co-workers were wonderful to me. I still lifted heavy patients, but not alone. It got to be very uncomfortable lifting the last few weeks, but then that is my problem, not my employers or co-workers. I work in a rural hospital where there is usually only one other nurse, sometimes no other nurse. I was lucky to not have to work alone towards the end. My co-workers were great about giving me the patients closest to the nurses station so I wasn't running up and down the hall. They voluntarily took the contagious patients. They took all of the C-diff patients since they knew I was always vomiting from yucky smells. I was very lucky to have such caring co-workers. I never asked for this treatment or hinted that I wanted it. I probably shouldn't have lifted as much as I did looking back. I delivered a couple weeks early and had a low birthweight infant. (I had adequate weight gain, but tons of fluid retention) I don't know if lifting or night shift had anything to do with it but I am not going to go through that again. I will go on leave after my second trimester.
Feb 23, '06Occupation: full time nursing student Joined: Dec '02; Posts: 53GooeyRN
You know when I worked night shift every single nurse I worked with delivered early and had a low birth weight infant. Who knows if there is a correlation. My weight limit was imposed by my doctor, who stated that I could work but not lift more than 20 lbs. The way that the law is written, an employer must make accomodations for a pregnant employee that they would make for an employee with a work related injury.
Also, I had a friend in nursing school who worked in the ICU while pregnant. She lifted a heavy patient during her second trimester and miscarried. She also suffered permanent ligament damage. This pregnancy she did not even turn a patient, her employer accomodated her.
Feb 23, '06Occupation: CCU nightshift Specialty: Cardiac ICU, Med/Surg, Ob/Gyn Onc ; Joined: Aug '04; Posts: 23; Likes: 4We have several nurses pregnant on our med/surg floor and one of them brought in a note from her OB doc stating she can't lift over 25 pounds. She was flatout told that the lifting requirements are over 50 pounds as stated in the job description. Too bad so sad. Either comply or find another job elsewhere.
I gladly pick up the slack as do the other nurses, but it still made me mad. If a tech injures herself on the floor due to repetitive poor lifting habits they get light duty with full pay (workman's comp), but the hospital can not, or rather will not, accommodate a nurse with problems during pregnancy?
Mar 1, '06Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 38,763; Likes: 16,342Ask your ob/gyn. Simple as that. Get a note for your supervisor and that should be that.