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  1. Hello, I have been a bedside nurse for 1.5 years (ortho/medsurg) but was diagnosed with colon cancer almost one year ago. I work (3) 12-hour shifts and was able to coordinate biweekly chemo treatments with my schedule. I took time off separately (FMLA) for radiation and then surgery. I have a new, temporary ileostomy (hoping for reversal in 2-3 months) and it has been difficult to do much of anything as I'm having trouble with my stoma (leaking is common as is skin breakdown - I'm dealing with both). My surgeon does not think it wise for me to return to my busy and physically demanding unit with the amount of care required to manage my current health needs. I'm happy to leave the busy bedside to focus on my health but I feel a bit lost and overwhelmed. Has anyone else dealt with personal health limitations and job performance/job search?
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    Orthopedic nursing

    I have been on an orthopedic unit (30 beds) since 2018; when orthopedic cases are low we get other surgical cases (laparoscopic procedures, mastectomies/hysterectomies, etc). It is a busy unit in general and having multiple total joint patients involves a fair amount of pain med administrations and lots of coordinating with PT/OT, Case Managers, Surgical PA team, etc. as most joint patients are discharged quickly (24-48 hours). That doesn't mean you won't get to know those patients; you will spend plenty of time assessing and educating, completing dressing changes, assisting with mobility, etc. There is satisfaction in seeing your patients with hip or knee replacements out of bed and ambulating on the unit within 4 hours of arriving. Most patients have elected to have surgery and have been provided education from the surgical team and joint coordinators before the procedure so they are aware of what is expected post-operatively and they tend to be self-motivated. One benefit of Ortho units is that they tend to be "clean", so patients with flu, Coronavirus, MRSA, TB, open wounds, etc are not assigned. We rarely have to gown up! That said, when all surgical cases are low we do get medical patients and we also float to other medical units. There are plenty of opportunities to use all those skills you learned in school.
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    UCONN CEIN/BS 2018

    Hi All, I applied for the August deadline and received an email today to activate my NetID but I've not received an acceptance letter/email. Has anyone else had a similar experience? Thanks!

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