IBS, anxiety, new nurse

Nurses Stress 101


Hello, I am a new nurse working for less than a year. During this time I have started to develop recurrent, sporadic GI symptoms that have made it so I’ve had to call off work relatively frequently due to my illness. Most recently I received a GI workup that has show that I likely have IBS. I am very anxious about this diagnosis because I am concerned that I will lose my job or face some severe penalty due to this new condition and how it effects my job. My anxiety is not helping the situation because I keep imagining the worst case scenario. Any advice/ knowledge on the process when a nurse is diagnosed with a chronic illness that may impact his/ her ability to work? Also any advice on anxiety management would be greatly appreciated as well. Thank you. 

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