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ScrubberDucky has 2 years experience and specializes in Cardiac.

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  1. Sorry and thank you in advance for the long read. My Story - At Home with CoronavirusI have been out sick from work for several weeks due to the coronavirus. I am in my mid 20's, extremely healthy, no comorbidities. My symptoms progressed slowly but were severe for a time. There were nights I would wake up multiple times soaked in sweat, alternating between uncontrollable shivering and feeling freezing and like I was melting. Temps in the 103's and some time loss/hallucination. All of these experiences have been coming back to me as if I were blackout drunk for two weeks and the details are just slowly filling themselves in. Now that I am capable of once again thinking logically, I know I should have gone to the ER, but I didn't and I got lucky. While all of my other symptoms are gone my exhaustion, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath remain. I know that there is likely damage to my lungs that needs to heal, and I know that I won't be able to make it through a shift in my current state, let alone breathing through a mask the entire time. However, I am now expected to return to work. Return to Work?The ever loosening restrictions coming from the upper echelons on returning to work have been drastically dwindled down to only being free of fever for 3 days and all other symptoms are "improving". I sought out advice from my PCP, who works for my healthcare system, and the response was the same. I burned through my paid vacation time early on in my absence and it is currently only costing my employer their part of my insurance copays while I am out. I work in a large and currently very hard-hit city, and my hospital is almost entirely Covid-19 patients. We were not expecting it to ever get this bad here. I live with my elderly parents who are high risk. By the grace of God and my extreme self-isolation precautions, I did not spread it to them. I am worried about returning to work and bringing it home to them. They are retired and taking isolation very seriously, making me their biggest risk factor. I am (supposedly) immune now, but I know they would not survive if their symptoms were as bad as my own were, and IF I were to be reinfected somehow I'm not sure I would make it through again, especially with my lungs still healing. ScaredFor professional context, I am 13 months into my nursing career. I have been nominated for and received awards, received constant praise from my coworkers, and "exceeding expectations" performance reviews from my bosses. I am a darn good nurse, and burnout might be playing a part given I'm only a year into the job, but I'm not sure I can return to work. I'm scared to return to work, and given that no other options are available through my employer, I am thinking about quitting. *** THE QUESTION***To those of you in management or who were once in management. If I were to resign now would you even consider my resume let alone hire me after seeing that I left my job during this crisis? Would you bring me in for an interview, hear me out, and consider my circumstances? I've given up so much, spent time and money I didn't have to get where I am. I don't want to become some unhireable pariah and have it all go to waste. Most of all I don't want to have to start over from scratch in a different profession or be forced to put my license at risk in some bottom of the barrel nursing home where my morals and ethics will be put at odds with my employment. Which is unfortunately extremely similar to where I currently stand, my family's health vs my career and future. Thank you again for your time and consideration towards my dilemma. Gratefully yours, ScrubberDucky