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Nursing with RA

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by ehamlin92 ehamlin92 (New Member) New Member

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Hi there!

I am currently pursuing a nursing degree at my community college, and I’m about 1 class away from applying to the nursing program.  

I was (very) recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and wanted to see if anyone else currently battles this while working as a full time nurse? I’m worried about how it will effect the quality of my work in the future, as it has been very hard on my hands at the current stage I’m in. I also wonder how the environment will effect me when I go on biologics and my immune system is lowered.  

I know ultimately it is something I have to decide, however I would love some insight from anyone else in a similar situation!

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.

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Hello, and welcome to Allnurses! So glad you're here!

I'd like to invite you to check out our Nurse Disabilities forum. There are many, many different conditions to read about, and I'm sure you'll find good information there on nurses working with RA. Just go to the forum and type "rheumatoid arthritis" in the Search feature. Or, you can post questions in the forum yourself. Either way, you should get some interesting perspectives on your condition and what it's like to work with it in the nursing field. Enjoy, and thank you for joining us. 🙂

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Silverdragon102 has 30 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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Moved to the Nurse Disability’s forum 

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kataraang has 2 years experience and specializes in critical care ICU.

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Hello,

I was just diagnosed with RA in March. I am a full time ICU nurse. I've been in practice about 2 years now. RA affects individuals very differently so it kind of depends. For me, I was wearing a boot on my ankle and needed PT (while still working full time). It was rough. I have the pain in my fingers too, but I am slowly finding what works for me. Don't let it discourage you from nursing! Not all nursing jobs are super physically demanding. You can find the right fit. RA tends to come in flares so you may feel good for a couple weeks, then like complete crap another week, until meds can stabilize. Message me if you need, good luck.

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