Need advice - page 2

Hi, My name is Jessica, I usually pop in from time to time and read the forums, but have not really had anything to add until now. I have a situation at work that is troubling me, and I would... Read More

  1. by   pennyaline
    Quote from swirlygirl
    Wow! After reading some of the above, I'm even more grateful now for the supportive staff and nurse manager that I work with!! I'm 8 months pregnant and I work 12 hr night shifts on a surgical floor. There are currently 3 pregnant RN's on my unit (including myself) and we were all told by our nurse manager that she doesn't want us to do any heavy lifting or take infectious patients (c-diff, TB, etc). Our CNA's and the other nurses have been completely supportive. I'm probably going to get bashed (or kicked off this board) for saying this, but I have to wonder if some of the answers you got were because they were from nurses that cannot "use that excuse" as one is male and one has 30 years of experience and is probably beyond child-bearing years. In turn, there are several nurses on my unit who have had various medical problems and we have also helped them out when needed. It never occured to me that they were using their medical problems as an "excuse" to take it easy. I'm well aware that pregnancy does not mean that you get to sit back with your feet up, but just a little support and can go a long way.
    Since you certainly know me so well as the "beyond child-bearing years" nurse who "cannot 'use that excuse,'" I am shaken to the core that you've failed to recognize my motherhood. I've worked through pregnancies, too. No, I'm not pregnant right now, it was 20-25 years ago, but hoo dang, honey! it sure was pregnant all the same! So your snarking assumptions aside "" , I know how it works as well as you do.

    In her original post, she complained that the techs were getting miffed over being called on to care for that patient all the time. I offered some suggestions for how they could cooperatively get patient care done as a team without any one developing hard feelings toward any other. That would constitute, in your own words "a little support and can go a long way." There is also the very real concern of the need for lifting restrictions. If she needs that, she should do that. Otherwise, there is little basis for exemption from caring for that patient.