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    Has anyone left nursing job due to COVID19 virus?

    LOL perhaps I should have used proper terminology, mechanical pleurodesis. Thank you and stay safe too 😄
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    Has anyone left nursing job due to COVID19 virus?

    I did. I left before the "wave" hit. I am a new grad, was 2 weeks into orientation on a stepdown unit, so this decision was PAINFUL. However, my history is that 4 or so years ago my lung collapsed out of the blue requiring surgery to basically reattach it to the chest wall . If my lungs decided not to be lungs back then, what the hell would COVID do to me? I had to step back and reevaluate if I was willing to find out. My thoughts are with everyone who must stay in the line of fire right now. I consider myself beyond lucky I had the resources to not have to work right now.
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    Am I a coward for going on FMLA due to COVID?

    Someone shared a piece of wisdom with me and it might apply to your situation. What other people think of you is none of your business. If you are satisfied with your decision and feel confident you are doing the best to protect your LIFE, then you are OK. For what its worth, I quit my job too, for similar reasons. And COVID hadn't even really hit my hospital yet. Just a couple r/o that I know of. One I took care of but nobody told us they were r/o, WOW!!?
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    AT A LOSS - COVID High Risk Nurse

    Thanks everyone for your feedback. After many tears and hours of deliberation I made the decision not to return to orientation. One, because the facility was already a couple hours from my home and my plan to stay in hotels was not a feasible one with the current situation, also, my health comes first. The manager said to me "if your health is so fragile maybe you should rethink acute care because nurses are exposed to everything". That was a hit, because I'm well aware of the risks of nursing and don't mind being exposed to a little cdiff or whatever here and there- treatments exist for most of the pathogens we encounter. Until COVID that is. So call me fragile if you want. I know I'm not.
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    AT A LOSS - COVID High Risk Nurse

    Unfortunately they can't hold my position because I'm so new, still on orientation and probation.
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    COVID-19, If a nurse needs quarantined...

    same at my hospital. they did not want us to call off until a +COVID test. crazy.
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    Logical Choices

    I recently made the decision not to continue orientation on a high acuity unit, due to the obligation I have to myself, to protect myself. I am high risk, and choose not to take the risk. I wish all of you the best in this fight.
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    Should I Start My 1st Job as a New Nurse at a Hospital Now?

    Thank you, I did end up resigning and will not return to orientation. I'm heartbroken but it's probably best (I hope). What crazy times!
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    Should I Start My 1st Job as a New Nurse at a Hospital Now?

    Same boat! The consensus among everyone I've discussed this/my situation with is, protect yourself and your family first.
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    Afraid of dying

    I'm sorry you're feeling so anxious. It seems most people are. Something that can help with future thinking, is to come back to present. Find and focus on 5 things around you, that are tangible and real. Smells, sounds, colors.. things like that. I hope you find some relief, remember to breathe!
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    Abandoning Ship

    I am going through a similar situation. Just started an acute care job, on orientation still, but am concerned about my health hx and the impending COVID patients to my unit. The family is pleading for me to back out and start fresh when things are safer. I'm mid 30's and would otherwise not be worried. I feel like a failure, and weak, and like maybe I'm being selfish. I think you did the right thing though given the history you shared with us.
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    AT A LOSS - COVID High Risk Nurse

    Friends. I just recently started an acute care job on a high acuity floor. I am on week 2-ish of orientation. This is my first acute care job as an RN. I worked at a SNF right out of nursing school and was ecstatic to be moving on to the hospital after a long job search (new grads flood my area). Then COVID-19 rose to the level of threat we are at today. I am likely considered a "high risk" due to my medical history. I'm not immunocompromised, but have some other heart/lung things I'm monitored for. My family is now VERY concerned for my safety working in these current times, to the point of asking me to stay home/quit the job. I'm at a loss. What are my options? How can I effectively refuse COVID patients? Can I? When I signed up to be an RN, I signed up to assume the risk(s) of the job. Also, as a brand new employee I fear my employer may just cut their losses if I bring something like this up. For reference, there are no confirmed cases in the county I work, but that's a matter of time. We'd be OK financially if I didn't work.. but with the new grad job market what is is here, I fear starting the search all over again. I'm not a quitter, never have been. That's why I'm struggling so bad with the idea of giving up what I worked so hard for. How can I turn my back on the profession at a time the need is the greatest?! *sigh* please chime in with your thoughts!
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    Psychedelic Nursing

    I follow MAPS too and have been wondering the same! I think in time, they will need trained medical professionals, including nurses. Just don't drink the kool-aide 😉
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    I'm having a hard time finding an RN Job

    SO BITTER. My lordt reading other posts makes me feel sad for them. You guys, you're NOT victims! I digress.. thanks so much for your reply, Quota. I know nursing is what I want to do and have since I was little. I'm willing to endure the shitstorm. Maybe its not for everybody, but I'm tough
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    Why Nurses Are Leaving the Bedside In Droves

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    I'm having a hard time finding an RN Job

    Man this is so disheartening. Is the answer really to quit nursing? As a new grad nurse about to enter the workforce I've heard this over and over. "Are you sure you want to be a nurse? Don't work here, I'm only here for the pay", etc. They tell me I'll be jaded soon too, but I hope not.

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