New Nurses/CNAs! Have you gotten sick?

  1. This is just out of curiosity, but my floor had a bunch of new grads all hired 9/10 months ago. Over the past several weeks, decent percentage of them (including myself) have come down with various moderatly-severe illnesses, mostly of the Upper Respiratory Infection type. My personal ball of fun is pneumonia.
    None of the other staff has gotten sick, just us new grads. The experienced nurse mostly say they went through a similar type of thing, that after 6-12 months, they got really sick a couple times, and have been fine since.
    What I want to know is this:
    Has anyone else experieced this? Could there be a grace period, when you can fight off infections, but then your immune system crashes a bit and you get sick? Tell me about your illnesses!
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  3. by   Dionyonce
    Wow yes i got ACUTE STREP THROAT
  4. by   JB2007
    I was sick with some sort of URI for about a month when I was a new grad nurse. I think I had been working as a nurse for about 3 months. I worked in another hospital before starting there and I was never sick. It must of been the stress of being a new grad was the reason that I could not fight off anything. I hope you feel better soon.
  5. by   fuzzywuzzy
    I've been sick constantly since I started CNA work almost a year ago. The weird thing is I work in a nursing home, not a hospital, so you'd think it wouldn't be as bad. I didn't get this sick working as a cashier, coming into contact with hundreds of people a day and not washing my hands unless I went to the bathroom.
  6. by   invisigoth
    I had a lot of stress last year with my mother's cancer AND LPN school. I was in bed and up out of bed to the BR with the worst poops and I called my instructor groaning *LOL* OMG school was the worst year of my life. I was getting a severe cold every few weeks so after the last one I vowed I would never compromise my diet or vitamins no matter how little my pay was. I've not been sick since that vow. Never miss the gym or a good home workout either. I think it's stress that makes us noobs sick.
  7. by   Erindel RN
    Yes omg I work in pedi for the last year and have gotten sick every month. Then I carry it home with me and my daughter gets sick. U need atleast a good 9 to 12 months to adjust and let ur immunity build up. Esp in pediatrics.
  8. by   Chewie_123
    Thanks for your replies, everyone!
  9. by   Daytonite
    the first couple of years i started in nursing i got every cold and flu that came along. it seemed like i got sick all the time. i also got a really bad case of bronchitis that almost became pneumonia. i had so many coworkers reminding me to cough and deep breathe and sent me home with an incentive spirometer! the worst part of it is that most facilities have an attendance policy of some sort so if you get sick too much and have to take days off work you can get into trouble for that. i remember having to be off for over a week with a very severe ear infection and had a doctor's excuse because my ears were swollen shut and i could not hear so i was put on probation for attendance because of the days of work that i missed. now, years later, people around me get colds and flu and i stay well. i feel like i am impervious to it all. in actuality, i think that all the stuff i picked up all those years ago gave me immunity. the last few times i got colds they were really mild and i couldn't believe how easy they were to tolerate.
  10. by   mama_d
    Yep, same here. The first several months of working on the floor at an acute care hospital, I got sick repeatedly.

    And then when the kids started school, I went through months of getting every little kid illness they brought home.

    I hope I'm pretty much immune now, it's been a LONG time since I got sick enough to miss work.
  11. by   Cherybaby
    Yep. Got the flu the very first week I went into an ALF. There was a rampant case of the flu going around with the patients and no matter how many times I washed my hands and used a mask I still got it.

    Scariest? We had an outbreak of scabies once. Most of the CNA's contracted it. That was horrible!
  12. by   AnnieNHRN
    New teachers go through the same thing the first couple of years of teaching. I think it has to do with building up your resistance.
    Good thing is after being a nurse for 8 plus years, I rarely get what ever bug goes through my family any more.
  13. by   Nascar nurse
    Quote from daytonite
    now, years later, people around me get colds and flu and i stay well. i feel like i am impervious to it all. in actuality, i think that all the stuff i picked up all those years ago gave me immunity. the last few times i got colds they were really mild and i couldn't believe how easy they were to tolerate.
    this is exactly how i describe myself as well after 20+ years in nsg,
  14. by   tishirajan
    When I first got my CNA I did get sick with URIs and viruses. It seemed that every time I turned around I was either hacking up my lungs or had a sever case of the "teaberry trots". That lasted for about 6 months but since then I have rarely been ill. I do think that stress and lack of immunity had a great deal to do with it. I suggest that you take really good care of yourself and eat a healthy diet and also make sure your getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet. Hang in there, it will get better.:wink2:

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