In the middle of orientation and I just hit a wall...


I'm set to go independent some time in January. How scary! Anyway, I had a minor problem a couple weeks ago when I had strep throat, so I had to take 2 days off. I took my antibiotics and I was better. Yesterday, my sore throat came back again, plus a weird rash. Now I have mono. Figures. I'm in the middle of orientation and I'm most likely gonna have to take a couple weeks off to recover. This sucks. What did I do to deserve this? :bluecry1:


pagandeva2000, LPN

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Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

Feel better, soon:redpinkhe. I had mono as a teenager. It was an incredibly exhausting illness. I remember being very tired all the time and took about three weeks to recover. It does suck to have this happen smack in the middle of orienting for a new job.

Specializes in PICU. Has 23 years experience.

I hope you recover quickly. I had mono in h.s. and honestly, I needed a lot more sleep for months afterwards. Take care of yourself!

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 10 years experience.

oh sweetie....i hope you will feel better soon !

you will be able to catch up once you are on the mend. feel better :heartbeat

praiser :redpinkhe

Flare, ASN, BSN

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Specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

I'm sorry to hear that. It stinks to have to start up a new job like that. I remember starting at a VNA a few summers ago and through the course of my first day of a brief orientation I could feel my face swelling up and my eye swelling closed. I had poison ivy all over. I felt like such a jerk having to leave early to see a doctor on my first day there.

nursej22, MSN, RN

3,138 Posts

Specializes in Public Health, TB. Has 38 years experience.


Perhaps the stress of orienting (not to mention finishing school, NCLEX) has lowered your immune system. At the end of my first quarter of grad school and a stressful situation at work, I broke out in shingles on my face. Luckily, it was over Christmas break and I had 2 weeks scheduled off.

Please give yourself time to get better.



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Specializes in Cardiac, Hospice, Float pool, Med/Peds.

Yes that stinks to have an illness during orientation; however, it is almost better to be sick when you are not on the floor by yourself. It is easier to cover the missed shifts. Just concentrate on getting better...

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