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04/07/2014 at 11:38
Hi, I'm currently 5 + 3 and work full time. It's not a strenuous job really, but I do long shifts. I work in healthcare, and we're really short-staffed with a small team.
I told my boss that I was pregnant on Tuesday as I'd had a bit of spotting and was worrying, and she was lovely and assured me she'd do the risk assessments when she can but initially I'll have to avoid patient transfers etc.
The problem is that I have a run of 7 x 10hr shifts now, starting today and I can't figure out how to swap any of them with my colleagues as there's literally noone available. It's come as a shock how tired I would be, but I was annoyed that the Sister had given me these shifts in the first place (before I knew I was pregnant. The other thing is that for the last two shifts I have had a bit of spotting (Saturday and Tuesday), so I am petrified it will happen again.
Also, because of the spotting, I had an early scan yesterday (all was well), and need to have another one in 2 weeks. The problem is that again I can't see a way of swapping shifts with anyone as we're all working already. Even with my booking in appointment, I had to move it to another day as I couldn't get the time off but then I'll have to nip out in my lunch break and hope it doesn't take more than half hour.
Then yesterday I found out that my colleague has handed his notice in, meaning that in September there's only going to be the Sister, 2 nurses and a health care assistant. This is only going to get worse as the powers that be aren't allowing us to advertise for the 2 full-timers that left at the beginning of the year.
I guess what I'm asking is have you/did you have to change your working so early on or am I just being a wuss, and also do your employers HAVE to give you the time for appointments/scans etc? Should I be insistent that she gets a bank nurse in to cover me?
04/07/2014 at 11:55
Can't advise on the majority but your work is legally obliged to give you time off for your appointments.
04/07/2014 at 12:18
Iirc I think you are entitled to 4 hours for each appt, I work in the nhs too but I usually just request a day off for scans etc because they often run over or if its bad news then I don't want to be thinking if work.
I don't think 7 10 hour shifts are right, we aren't allowed to do 3 in a row (it happens though and due to child care I often request it so my boss didn't want to give it but does because its my request. Check with your hr dept their policy but I'm almost sure you can't have 3 together.
Do you do nights?? You can still be rostered onto nights until 20 weeks, I don't do nights anymore but I did them with my last pregnancy up to 30 weeks as tbh I was getting a better sleep on nights than I was on days.
The staffing issues aren't your problem, I'd imagine if the sister doesn't put the shifts out to bank then the work load will be shared however just do what you can do,
I bled (full flow red blood) till 14 weeks this time (18 weeks last time), I am sat down all day with this pregnancy so I didn't take time off, I figured if the worst was going to happen then it was going to happen, my consultant said there's nothing that can stop it iyswim. So in my current role there's no lifting at all, no strenuous activity at all (I mean its busy but a different busy from when I was in a&e in my last 3 pregnancies.
When I was in a&e with the first 2 I just got on with it, with #3 due to the bleeding I didn't do any lifting (so even pat sliding etc), I also tried not to go near violent patients/those with mental health issues but it can be hard if they hadn't been assessed iyswim.
This time, Iv literally sat down all day, took nibbles into my room to help with the nausea,
I think the first port of call in hr re your hours. Then I think try to pin your boss down for a risk assessment.
04/07/2014 at 12:52
The problem is RF, that we have a piece of paper for each week and the Sister put me down for Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week; and then Monday - Thursday next without putting the two together. She does it quite a lot to a few of us just because she doesn't think. I really don't mind doing 3-4 in a row even now, but I just know I'll be shattered by next Friday.
I've worked in A&E before, and no way is this work as heavy, but it's similar. For example on Saturday I was transferring a very poorly 10 year old from our trolley onto the ambulance trolley, and then holding her head while we ran her to the ambulance (she was agitated and couldn't tolerate collar/blocks). That was just before the spotting started. That's not usual for here, but the potential is here for that stuff to happen, and there's only 2/3 of us on with no doctors.
The Sister is off until Monday so I'll have a word then
04/07/2014 at 13:09
She really needs to learn how to do off duty and look at the week before arrrrgh!! Years ago when I did earlys and lates they'd think nothing of putting you on 10 in a row, you'd be knackered by the end.
Yes speak to her, sounds very full on, quite often you might find you start doing something and then think o I shouldn't be doing this and I think then you need to know when to take a step back. I remember with #1 doing chest compressions at 7 months pregnant and I'd abdo pain for days! Never occurred to me not to do them, just didn't think. So just take a step back at first. The only think I totally stay clear of is unduagnosed rashes (even children with chicken pox) even though Iv got chicken pox immunity, it can be dangerous to have repeated exposure so just be careful of rashes/tb/mumps etc, my boss said not to see patients with diarrhoea but my hand hygeine is fine and I'm happy seeing them (we don't do samples etc as its just a walk in centre), so anything like Iv mentioned and glandular fever, hand foot and mouth etc
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