New Nurses/CNAs! Have you gotten sick?

Nurses General Nursing


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!

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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