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    Chamberlain University Chicago

    I went through there for BSN and loved it
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    Pregnant RN in Covid MICU

    The 2 other pregnant nurses I work with in ICU have taken personal leaves, as our unit is covid territory. I also float to the ED, but even feel safer there somehow, because I'm not "submerged" or saturated in these patients rooms for 12 hours suffocating (I know this is in my head). A personal leave would mean no pay and I'm the only income to support my 2 year old at home. It's also said that on a personal leave management can call you back whenever they want to, which will be our peak here pretty soon. My OB said he can't write for FMLA, because there's not been enough evidence to warrant it, but he would write for a personal leave or a letter recommending a lesser risk position. I work for the Cleveland Clinic, I don't doubt they are trying to keep us safe, but now it's been implemented we will float without warning to any other hospital in the enterprise and what if that unit isn't taking it's best precaution. My biggest fear is getting sick enough to require the intervention my patients do. My baby, any fetus, would not survive excessive intubation, pronation, or paralyzation. I know the chances are slim, but I've seen younger and healthier than me get there and is it worth the chance? I've never been scared of much when it comes to work, but I'm downright terrified going in now.
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    Refusing Care of a COVID-19 Patient Due to Inappropriate PPE

    A 31 year old woman with no known medical history died today, she lived in my neighborhood. Young, healthy, mother. 86% mortality rate in covid patients intubated last I heard. I'm pregnant with a 2 year old at home. I told my manager when there are no supplies I will quit. I am good at my job, but my family costs me more than a license ever will. 3 of our nurses are positive. Our peak is not due until mid May. In the ED we wear surgical mask and goggles all day. N95s, surgical hairnets and gowns for treatments and intubations, for positives. Max 3 people in the room for intubations, for positives. No one wears uniforms home. The hospital has a done a great job clearing out unnecessary occupants in anticipation. I always thought I was the type to run into fire, but now I can set my family on fire. Nurses are being shamed for not wanting to do "what they signed up for". Nurses are being shamed for dropping their kids off for a month so they can continue to work. Nurses are being shamed for being nurses and others for deciding this isn't for them. It's been an eye opening experience for all.
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    Protecting our families?

    My units are providing scrubs to change into that we leave there. I change my shoes at my trunk, use "purple top" wipes on my badge and vocera clip, cell phone, keys, anything I'm leaving out of the building with. I have goggles and N95 I wear ALL day. After that covid intubation I asked my ex bf for his spare chem lab goggles as the hospital ones are ***. I also started wearing disposable surgical caps. Most of these resources are starting to diminish so they gave us brown paper bags to keep our masks in. I'm pregnant with a 2 year old and my babysitter is my 63 year old mother with lupus. I have seriously considered sending them away from me, but our peak is not until mid May. So what...I don't see my son for 2 months?? When is safe anyway? My OB sent me home with a FHR doppler and auto BP cuff and basically said "see you when I see you". WOW!!.
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    Staying away from family?

    I was actually going to ask this same thing. I work in the ED and 3 of our nurses are positive. Only one girl I work with so far has said her kids are staying with her mother until further notice. I don't know if I could do that! What is long enough?? Our peak is supposed to hit mid May, so now until after then?? I keep telling myself I just have to be careful, take every precaution and be safe at work. And I'm pregnant...so I'm just risking somebody no matter what. I'm scared to be honest. I would be devastated if my damn career choice killed someone I love. 😢