Hi all, has anyone taken a leave of absence from work and come back? My hospital has an option to do this. An employee can request up to 12 weeks of leave for any reason, even just to take a mental health break. At first they use your accruals and then unpaid.
As I mentioned in other posts I have bipolar disorder. It is well managed with support groups, therapy and meds. Right now no support groups due to covid. Some older coworkers retired early when covid hit. Some are off because they are high risk, others to care for kids. We try not to assign covid pts to older nurses, those at high risk due to health conditions, nurses who have had chemo, those with young kids or elderly/high risk people at home and pregnant nurses.
That leaves me and a few others to do covid all the time. I understand and don't mind but it is scary to be constantly exposed. That's not what makes me want to leave though. After 4 yrs I'm burned out on seeing sad cases everyday; young pts dying because their bodies are ruined due to substance abuse, the effects of poverty on health, large men in alcohol withdrawal screaming and hitting us, IVs and foleys on violent patients, verbal abuse from patients, etc. All of this plus the isolation we are all facing has taken a toll on my mental health.
I am starting to have symptoms I haven't had since I got treatment: severe depression, mania (without psychosis), seeing things that aren't there, suicidal ideation. All of this is in my personal life, never at work. I think I could get FMLA from my psychiatrist or take the personal leave but I am scared it will affect my job, especially if I admit to the mental health part. Anyone done this or have advice? Thanks so much and sorry for the depressing post.