ADHD Nurses-what area do you specialize in? - page 2

I would very much like to hear from other nurses with ADHD/ADD! What area of nursing do you work in? What do you love about it? I appreciate all who take the time to answer :) Thanks... Read More

  1. by   CRNBSN18
    I'm ADD and I'm OCD. I'm starting nursing school in the fall. Making sure to take your meds DOES make a huge difference. I was so ashamed to seek help, but I had to because it just kept getting worse & worse and was affecting school. I still don't like for people to know because I get judged. It's something that I seriously can't help.

    It's funny that everyone has said ER, med-surg, and critical care because those are the units that interest me. Glad I'm not alone in my struggle. I just hope the SON doesn't look down on me or judges me for it. I'm scared of that.
  2. by   tashcrof
    Quote from k31kozumi
    I would very much like to hear from other nurses with ADHD/ADD!
    What area of nursing do you work in? What do you love about it?

    I appreciate all who take the time to answer

    This is a response to the student with ADHD who is starting her nursing program this fall. One of my roles as a nursing educator is to work with students with disabilities. Our program has a team that works with the student and their advisor from disability services to help the student be successful. It is scary to register with disability services and tell your teachers you are registered because of the concern that we might discriminate against students with disabilities. Here's my advice:
    1.Register with disability services. They are very helpful.
    2.You don't have to reveal your "disability label" to your teachers. That is none of their business. It is helpful, however, to tell them how your disability affects your learning. "Sometimes I get anxious when someone watches me do a skill" or "Sometimes it is difficult to focus". Work with your disability advisor and the teachers to help the teachers understand your learning style. When teachers don't know a student has adhd, they sometimes label the behaviours as lazy, unfocused etc, and blame the student rather than supporting learning.
    3. use exam accommodations. They level the playing field, but don't give you an unfair advantage.
    4. Remember that most nursing educators want you to be successful.
    best wishes.
  3. by   sharpeimom
    while you have absolutely no obligation to share "the level of your disability," your professors can't help you
    or make things any easier for you unless you're honest and aboveboard with them.

    my husband is a college professor and he will help any student he knows has any type of problem learning, but
    he can't always do his best if he doesn't know at least the basic problems because he isn't a mind reader.

    he's taught students who distract easily and they often take their tests in a quieter place such as the library.
    he's let a couple of kids turn in recorded papers because they were in a severe car accident.
    he didn't call on one girl who had severe panic disorder and ocd in class because it would scare her so.
    he had a young man who didn't want anyone to know he was severely hearing disabled and my husband didn't
    figure out that was his problem until after halloween. by then, he was on the "d f list" and when he got the
    assistance he needed, he got straight "as."

    your instructors and professors aren't being nosy, they just want to help you do your best.
  4. by   lelequet
    Me personally, I have a hard time keeping up with the fast pace. I am in a adult day care where its a little more smoother until i know what im doing cause one day i get it and the next my nerves take over and its like ive never aqquired the skill.
  5. by   BetterThanFiction
    I'm so glad I found this thread. I'm not a nurse yet, I'm starting school this spring, and I'm worried about how my ADHD will affect my studies in nursing classes. How did you guys cope with things while in school?
  6. by   Anggelica
    hi, i am also a new grad and started working at a med surge floor. I know exactly what you mean. It is so frustrating to go in and out of the room because I keep forgetting things.
    Charting is also so frustrating because I forget to do them, so at the end of the day I have tons to chart
  7. by   Anggelica
    I gave myself plenty of time to study to include "mind-wondering" time. I would re-watch lectures in my own time, and when my mind wonders I would replay it.
  8. by   hershey3282
    Somebody mentioned they have severe ADHD - I probably have severe ADHD - combined type because wasn't diagnosed until 3 years ago at age 63. I had problems with most nursing jobs - lost at least 15 over the years - probably made hundreds of medication errors. I've had several specialities. I was a dialysis (hemo) nurse for 16 years, did home health for 7 - the home health is good for someone with ADHD because you only have to focus on one patient at a time. I'm working 2 days a week in a small nursing home -I get SS and no pension since I never worked anyplace long enough to get one (by the way, I'm working with chronic pain) Who could live on SS?. I've been diagnosed with depression by at least 5-6 therapists. Then, finally my boss diagnosed me - I got diagnosed by doc quickly - put on med which helped - then quit that job shortly after because I was sure I was going to be fired. From age 63-65 I had no med insurance - no meds (remember - medicare starts at 65) worked part time. It was scary - I have several medical problems. Then, I finally went on medicare - have med. advantage plan -HMO. I restarted the Vyvanse I had been taking - but forced to stop because my med insurance no longer covered. So now, I take generic Adderal - which helps but it's not perfect
  9. by   cassiemassey
    I have always had symptoms of ADHD and for the most part i credit it to my success in school. Behavior modification and diet regulations really helped. I recently left my Med-surg posistion and while there I noticed my symptoms effecting my preformance. the longest I've had a job is 2 years, i tend to get bored and find a more interesting position. I was just hired to a position in Critical Care and I'm worried that, while i will finally have a position that can hold my interest, my symptoms of ADHD may limit my preformance or god forbid endanger my patients. any advise on how to handle the critical care setting with this level of impulsivity and distractablity? Its a night shift position which i hope will help. I tend to be able to focus more on night shifts. Id like to avoid meds in the long term but Im not opposed to them in the short term if theyre needed to get me to a point where the behavior therapies can start working.
  10. by   unkwm128
    working the er where things have to be done now,other nurses would say "don't jump when they order something"i needed that it was my little secret even when i began taking Concerta it got better.But I still needed to do everything stat
  11. by   Kathired62
    I have been an RN for 28 years now and have worked in a variety of settings over the years, chronologically; NICU, cardiothoracic surgical ICU adult, Newborn nursery, NICU again, postpartum, lactation consultant in private practice and for the last 12 years LDR. Now, at age 50, I have been diagnosed with combined type ADHD. What a fantastic relief! This diagnosis has enabled me to recognize that my strengths exist, in part, because of my ADHD, and has allowed me to identify the things that I am not as good at, while developing strategies to cope more effectively. For example, I have noticed that I am far more capable and confident when working in a higher acuity environment, that is highly STRUCTURED, than a floor nursing environment with many competing patient tasks and priorities. I have no difficulty managing my own critical situations, because I am structured and organized within my own bed-space, but feel completely inept if I join in to help a co-worker because I don't know where to start! Now, when everybody is running to help, I know that the best place for me is covering the board, watching tracings, and covering for those who remain in the crisis area. Win-win. My stress level is now so much less, and I am much better at my job! I also fine that my social anxiety issues fall into place with my new understanding of myself. It is a whole new ball game! Best wishes to you and good luck on. Long and fulfilling professional career. It can be done! Develop strategies and routines that work for you. Consider a therapist to work with you for professional development support, or perhaps engage a life coach. Find the strengths inherent in your ADHD, and dare I say, enjoy them! Good luck in all you pursue.
  12. by   bargraphix
    I am add I am still a student but I want the hustle and bustle of a busy ER
    I think that it will be good for me because I will have many patients with different problems
  13. by   CGauvinRN
    I'm an RN supervisor at a 120 bed subacute facility and I have ADHD, I'm fairly well managed on meds however with my crazy sch at work sometimes I'm unable to get to my doc appts and have had to go without my meds sometimes for a few days, not easy and certainly increases anxiety and exacerbates my ADHD Sx's. it's a struggle but I think overcoming ADHD and being successful is a great example for others who think they can't do jobs that involve a lot if concentration and responsibility.