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  1. Susan9608

    Pregnant, what do i need to avoid????

    I just had my first baby 2 weeks ago, and I also work in pediatrics (pedi ICU.) It is a difficult population to work with when you're pregnant - not just because of the infections, but also because you see *everything* that can be wrong or go wrong with kids, and it makes you worry even more than you already are. My OB wanted me to avoid H1N1 patients, even after I had the vaccine. She also wanted me to avoid TORCH diseases, radiation, and chemo drugs. It was difficult to get safe assignments, but since I had documentation from my doctor, my unit worked really hard to accommodate me. I would ask your OB specifically what kinds of assignments would be unsafe for you. Also watch out for the "curse of the nurse" ... according to my OB, lots of nurses, for one reason or another, end up on bed rest. Take care of yourself and congrats on your baby!
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    Required to watch circumcision?

    My baby son is currently 13 days old. He's perfect and wonderful and everything I dreamed he would be. He got circ'd on day 3 by my ob. I was there. He got a penile block 15 minutes prior to the procedure, and a dose of tylenol 30 minutes prior. They don't use the papoose board anymore - his top half was swaddled and another nurse and I held his feet. He got a sucrose pacifier. He didn't cry at all during the circ. We kept his diaper lubed up with vaseline, and the circ. site never seemed to bother him. He never cried with cleaning. He never had problems eating immediately post-circ. He never had a problem with poop getting into the site. It healed in less than a week. In short - it went as perfectly as a circ. can go. Now, if other people don't want to circ. their boys, that's certainly their option. Who the hell am I to try to talk anyone into or out of a procedure for their child? As a nurse, it's not my business to give my opinion, even when asked for it. And I have been asked. My standard answer is, "It doesn't matter what I think/believe - what matters is what *you* think/believe." And that's the truth. What we as nurses think/feel/believe about our patients and their decisions isn't important - it's the patient's perception and feelings and beliefs that matter. To the original poster, I'd have to say that starting your nursing career with such a judgmental attitude doesn't bode well for you. What are you going to do when you come across other situations where you feel a patient is making a bad/immoral choice? Are you going to refuse to provide care? Are you going to inflict your own value system on your patients? Are you going to burden your co-workers by dumping your assignments on them because you don't agree with a patient's choice? You might think about these things and whether or not nursing is really the right career for you.
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    Even nurses do stupid things ....

    It makes me feel better to know other people have done stupid stuff like this, too. I was really freaked out last night, thinking any moment I'm going to stop breathing ... intellectually I knew better, but still. Thanks for all the congrats on my baby! We were infertility patients - told we had a 1:30,000 of ever conceiving and were in the process of saving money for in vitro when we had a spontaneous pregnancy. It was rough - I was sick as a dog for the first 14 weeks, then had problems with my joints (psoriatic arthritis) during the second trimester, and then had gestational diabetes and severe preeclampsia during the third trimester, making me be on bedrest for a month, followed by induction. But it was all worth it - baby is the most perfect, fabulous thing ever! And I have now separated my norco from the darvocet, so at least I won't make *that* mistake again (though I'm sure I'll do something else stupid, but at least it won't be the same thing.)
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    Even nurses do stupid things ....

    So I just had a baby 1 week ago. He's totally wonderful and perfect in every way, but it's quite an adjustment, most notably in the sleep department. Because I have arthritis, before he was born, my OB was treating me with darvocet. Then I had a C-Section, and got a prescription for norco for pain. Being tired and not paying attention, I took a norco for pain. After about 30 minutes, I realized I was hurting worse than I thought, so I went to grab a second norco (prescription is for 1-2 every 4-6 hours). I grabbed my darvocet bottle by mistake and popped one down before I thought about it. When I realized what I had done, I started freaking out. Called the pharmacy, and they said it should be fine - I just might be sleepy, and if my breathing gets shallow, then there's a problem. I can't imagine that a darvocet is going to make me sleepy, especially since I was taking it for awhile, but it still freaks me out. I always have wondered how people do such stupid stuff with medications ... well, now I know. I'm even a nurse, and wasn't careful enough to separate my medications or look closely enough at the bottles to verify what I was taking. Hopefully I'm lucky enough to not have anything bad happen to me, but I have a lot more empathy for the stupid things other people do.
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    Required to watch circumcision?

    Your assumptions that if people thoroughly researched circumcision and how it was done would lead them NOT to circumcise their boys are erroneous. I'm a nurse; I have been for 8 years. I've worked in general pediatrics, NICU, and currently PICU. I have assisted with more circs than I can count. I'm currently 37 weeks pregnant with my first child, a boy. My husband and I *thoroughly* discussed the issue of circumcision with each other, our OB, the pediatrician we chose, and the PICU doctors I work with. (Incidentally, everyone from my OB to the pediatrician to my PICU intensivists recommended we circ. our baby.) We watched several videos of different circ. methods, and discussed analgesia/anesthetics for the procedure. It's hard for me to imagine how much more thorough we could have been in researching this issue. And we have decided to go ahead and circ. our baby. I certainly hope you aren't this judgemental about too many other areas/issues in nursing ... otherwise, I feel very sorry for your future patients.
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    Most embarrassing thing that happened to you at work

    I was doing trach teaching with a patient's mother and father, and had been sitting for about an hour. I was 26 weeks pregnant at the time, showing a little, but unwilling to go to the expense of maternity scrub pants. So I was wearing my old drawstring pants, tied loosely. Some how, during my teaching, my pants became totally untied. When I got up to leave the room, they slowly started slipping down and got all the way to my knees before I noticed. At that point, I grabbed them, said, "OOPS!", and ran out of the room. Of course, I was wearing holey underwear that day. The parents laughed every time I went into the room for the rest of the day.
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    Have you/would you refuse certain patients while pregnant

    I'm currently pregnant (32 weeks), and I work in pediatric intensive care. It's been very difficult to find appropriate patient assignments without effecting the workings of my unit. I spoke to my OB first and foremost about what patients are appropriate for me. In the very beginning, I had no weight limit, so that wasn't an issue. However, H1N1 was a big concern, as we had an abundance of it in my unit, and as the CDC was reporting it to be very dangerous to pregnant women. My OB wrote me a medical excuse, saying "NO H1N1 patients." As far as CMV, my ob tested me for it - I thought for sure I'd have antibodies already and have nothing to worry about, but surprisingly, I don't. So I am excused from taking CMV patients as well. CMV is one of the TORCH diseases, so it's really not worth the risk to care for them when you have no immunity. The only other things I avoid are patients receiving chemo and patients who need to be taken to radiology procedures (CTs, extensive x-rays, etc.) Also, since my uterus is now out of my pelvis, I am not to solely lift more than 30 pounds, so they try to assign me lighter patients. The end result is that I have to be very flexible about everything else - I have to take up the slack some how, and that usually occurs by me taking more admits, taking more of the chronic patients, etc - those things that aren't the most fabulous assignments, but are safe and free up everyone else to do what I can't.
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