When the Nurse is sick. Five things we do.

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Being sick sort-of sucks. It’s interesting though, that when you become a Nurse… you deal with being sick a bit different.

Just like everything else in your life…. being a Nurse changes you!
Here are 5 things that we Nurses do when we get sick:

  1. Want to know patient zero.
  2. Secret home-remedies or personal wellness concoctions.
  3. Color of your phlegm?
  4. Monitor fluid & electrolytes!
  5. Decontamination

P.S. Being sick really does suck

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Nurses: when you are sick, stay home.

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The guilt of calling off is a real thing. As Nurses we have developed this (less than) silent rule of dragging our sorry sick selves to work for the fear of leaving our coworker short-handed.

We rather report to work and infect everyone around us, then stay home?

Crazy isn’t it?

Part of the problem is nurses who have abused absenteeism. We feel bad for calling off, but also don’t have the system on our side for actually calling off when we’re sick. We don’t want to be penalized or lose money (unavailable benefit time).

While I can empathize with paying your bills and being a team player… I would request that if you are sick, please stay home.

I like a Funk-Free workplace. Do you agree?

 

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I don't get sick….. often? Thank you D.A.B.D.A. #nurselife

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Two days ago I started to get a crazy runny nose out of one nostril. I immediately thought, “uh-oh”. I had hoped it was just the change in weather and my allergies kicking up a bit, but the runny nose lasted throughout the night and into the next day.

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So I did what every other person does. I started my long journey through the phases of grief (Thank you Kubler-Ross)

  • DENIAL- I am NOT sick
  • ANGER – why the hell am I getting sick at THIS time of the year? Seriously?
  • BARGAINING – OK, OK, I’m sorry. Let’s take some OTC herbal ‘cold fighting’ remedies. I’ll be happy with just a little head cold – PLEASE don’t let this be the flu!!!
  • DEPRESSION- being sick sucks. Gravity-dependent breathing is not fun.
  • ACCEPTANCE- alright. Fine. I’m sick. I guess I’ll take some crappy medicine to get through my day.

Catching a cold sucks.Needless to say, my night of sleep was..uhh… just dandy. I dragged my achy, block-headed self out of bed…

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Straight to the medicine cabinet of course. Taking whatever decongestant/antihistamine/ anti-pyretic I could find.

We’re taking a road trip this weekend, and I need to be ‘awake and alert’. So me and those OTC meds will become BFF’s. Funny how I get a head cold now? At this time if the year?

Now that I think about it. My wife is a school nurse.. and she’s been mentioning a lot of ‘cold’s lately. Hmmphm. Maybe my immune system is not as strong as I thought? As a side note I take a healthy dose of Vitamin C every day.

Guess it was just the luck of the draw. Lots of rest and fluids, well fluids at least. LOL

 

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