Post # 1
So ive been sick for 3 weeks now.. virus.. pnuemonia… gastritis… bad!! havent been able to do anything more than an hour or so at a time… and have been off work for 2 weeks now.. .I just started to feel better last night and I actually didnt throw up for the first time yesterday!! but Im suppose to work tonight.. and im not talking 8 hours at a desk.. Im talking 13 hours as an ICU nurse… Just debating if I should go back yet or not.. I hate leaving my floor short, but Im terrified to go back and get sick and be stuck there for the rest of the night…to go or not to go?
Post # 3
In my experience, most ICU’s won’t let sick or potentially contagious nurses/care givers/docs around their patients since they’re at higher risk – so you might just want to see what the shift supervisor thinks?
Post # 4
@SouthernTulip: If that were only the case… they dont care if youre sick or broken or anything… a nurse is a nurse is a nurse… especially an ICU trained nurse… our positions are not filled by just anyone… I dont have to ask.. I know they dont care if Im sick or not… I was throwing up at work one day and had a virus… my manager wouldnt even let me go home
Post # 5
Edit; Just saw your last post. The joys of working in the health care field… That’s an awful position to be in. Personally, I stay home when I’m sick to I don’t get others and patients ill. That can be hard to do depending on the policy of the hospital though. I hope you feel better soon!
Post # 6
I would say rest, make sure you are at least 99% better and then go back! They will be able to deal without you – they have for 2 weeks!!!
Post # 7
I say stay home. See how you feel tomorrow or the day after that. That’s a grueling shift to work, especially after being sick for so long. Feel better!