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pregnant nurse in LTC

I Work in a nursing home 3rd shift on the weekends. I am newly pregnant about 6-7 weeks. I won't see the doctor for about another week or two. I just found out that one of our residents has MRSA in their urine. We straight cath him once a shift. I was curious if i should be taking care of him? Also with cold and flu starting soon what kind of residents should I try and avoid taking care of while i'm pregnant? Thanks in advance

CoffeeRTC, BSN, RN

Has 25 years experience.

Everyone will tell you to talk to your doc on this.

I've had 4 kids now and work LTC for all of my pregnancies. If you were to avoid all residents with MRSA, VRE, Cdiff, a cought, the flu....you wouldn't be able to work at all.

You just need to take the same precautions you take normally.

PICNICRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in PICU/NICU. Has 14 years experience.

Universal precautions will protect you from most things so make sure you are using your PPE as required by protocol. The big ones are CMV, Rubella, and Chickenpox/shingles if you do not have "immunity". TALK TO YOUR DOC!

And rmemeber, pregnant nurses have been working in all areas for a long time!

PICNICRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in PICU/NICU. Has 14 years experience.

Oh , and congratulations!!!:yeah:

scribblerpnp

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 7 years experience.

If you are concerned about the flu, being pregnant is not a contraindication for the flu vaccine (the one given IM), so you may wish to consider it. Pregnancy IS a contraindication for the nasal spray flu vaccine.

Nascar nurse, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC & Hospice. Has 34 years experience.

Everyone will tell you to talk to your doc on this.

I've had 4 kids now and work LTC for all of my pregnancies. If you were to avoid all residents with MRSA, VRE, Cdiff, a cought, the flu....you wouldn't be able to work at all.

Or go to the grocery store, or out to eat, or touch your other kids/nieces/nephews, etc. At least at work you have a chance of knowing what you are exposed to. Those grocery store carts, etc are a LOT scarier!

Congrats

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