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   Posted 2/19/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone. Just wondering if there are any Crohn's Patients out there that are currently in the nursing profession, or are pursuing a nursing career? I am just about finished my education and (as usual) finding it a challenge to finish my last few there any hope for me as a practicing nurse in the future? I want to be a nurse soooo bad, yet getting thru school is soooo tough :S



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   Posted 2/19/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   

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   Posted 2/19/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not a Nurse but I am a Paramedic. I think that you can do anything that you want. If you want to be a Nurse then be a Nurse. If you catch a cold more than the average due to the immune suppressants then so be it. rule the illness don't let the illness rule you.

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   Posted 2/20/2008 12:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I was a Registered Nurse and a Public Health Nurse for a long time. I've had CD for over 30 years. Nursing school (university)and the praticums were very difficult but I managed through it. I found hospital shift work challenging....especially when you are short staffed ( as we usually were ) and there is soooo much to do. Things get really busy and there is just no time for "extended bathroom breaks". I found the night shift made it worse as I didn't sleep very well during the day . I had to take a lot of sick days which caused some problems with the nursing director. She told me CD and migraines were no excuse for missing work. I was only in my early 20's and I can still remember how awful that made me feel.. I cried for days.
I was fortunate enough to move to public health nursing which is steady days and which allows much more flexibility for "personal emergencies". I did that successfully for a few years and then became the director of the Home Care program. I finally had to quit nursing after I had my babies. I became very ill with CD and found that taking care of my children was all I could do well.....a part time or full time job, would have been too much of a challenge.
There are so many avenues for nurses now,; counselling work, insurance claims and assessements, home care work, etc. If nursing is truly what you want to do then keep at it. If you enjoy your work, the pros will outweigh the'll find a way. Good luck to you.
For me , my true calling was that of being an artist. I paint and sell my art work now, and that is where my heart truly lies. Be true to yourself, CD or no CD. Everything will fall into place.!
Love and prayers ,
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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   Posted 2/20/2008 12:33 AM (GMT -7)   
HI I'm not a nurse but AKG is and she has Crohn's too....she respond to my posting about the CCFA Conference in Chicago

Crohn's and Ostomy in 2004

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   Posted 2/20/2008 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey I am a RN, ER and ICU plus nurse management is my background.   I went to school when my hubby got Crohn's for 2 reasons, I love medicine and I wanted to be able to help my hubby both with his medical condition as well as financial needs.

I have been a nurse for 29 years.  I was dx with Anxiety and Depression 3 years into my career and I continued to work and go on to receive certification in Critical Care. My hubby had major surgery when I was going to school and I studied in his hospital room.  Did I mention we had 4 children, my oldest was 13 when I went to nursing school.

Yes you can get to your goal.  It may take time, but you will make it.  The career opportunities for nursing are unlimited. I wish you the best of luck.

Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~

Debra Ann
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   Posted 2/26/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   

I haven't been on here for a long time, because I am currently going to school for Practical Nursing and I am just finished with my second term.  I have crohn's disease, and had been in remission for 1 year and 16 days (my husband counts the days) when I flared one New Year's Eve.  I was hospitalized for the week, and only missed 23 1/2 hrs. of school, thanks to the holiday.  My classmates didn't know too much about my chron's, but we were doing clinical the days I was hospitalized, needless to say everytime I put my call bell on I had a flood of students in my room!!

Back to your question, I had been doing very well, however, my GI doc and my family doc both agree I came out of remission becaus of the stress of school.  However, I wouldn't give up school for anything, if I have pain, I take pain meds when I get home.  This is something I have wanted to do my whole life.  I am 49 years old, and will graduate in september at 50 years old and hope to take my state boards after that and follow my dreams.

I was given advice on here when I first started school and the main piece of advise was to tell my instructors the first day, and they have been great.  They understand when I have to leave the room quickly.  I have done my clinials in 2 differnet nursing homes and a hospital and I make sure I don't eat alot at lunch and this seems to help.

I was told to go for it and I did and I am not sorry.  So as someone once told me, :" You go girl.


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   Posted 2/26/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
You are a great inspration to me Thanks!!!!!!!! Ali9

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   Posted 2/26/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Iv'e been a Pediatric RN for eleven years,it's awesome. I find my coworkers are awesome,,and many of us have differant "problems",me IBD,then my friends/coworkers have,thyroid cancer,some with differant cancers,lupus,three of us with IBD,including a Pediatrician.I say if you want it really bad,go for it,we all have obstacles along the way,just get back up when you can,and move forward. :-)

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   Posted 2/26/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Absolutely go on with it. You can do it! I was in the early stages of diagnosis(MIS-diagnosis) in my last year of RN school. I have been a Recovery room nurse for 7 plus years and love it! I have to occasionally take extra sick days or a short LOA and they have been fine with it. IF you have problems, go elsewhere. There are nurses with MS, CD, CA, and many other things you would never know it.
We get sick too but we are not supposed to apparently. Just take extra care of yourself and try to get in an area where you can work part time if possible when you are down. You will make a fine nurse as you know suffering and will have empathy.
I am a Certified Doxie Lover(Weinerdogs)

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   Posted 2/29/2008 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had Crohn's Disease for 8 years in July and have worked as a Nurse in the Birthing Unit for 12 years.  Good Luck and I hope that it all works out for you.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2000
Bowel Resections 6/05, 11/05 & 7/06 (removal of terminal ileum and appendix)
Humira 40mg. every week
Percocet 10/325mg
Codeine 30 mg.
Cymbalta 30 mg.
Xanax 0.50mg
Phenergan 25 mg.
Zofran 8mg.
Hydroxine 25mg.
B12 Injections monthly

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   Posted 2/29/2008 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not a nurse, but I have to get this out to ya -- don't EVER let yourself be fooled into thinking there are things you can't do. All you can do is try. I'm planning on taking the LSAT and going to law school -- after that, I'm on to public service, probably in the juvenile system. I currently work with youth on the weekends and I'm looking forward to ramping it up to all week. And, I spent two years in AmeriCorps, working in grass roots disaster preparation and response. (Actually, I still do some work with that group -- the project isn't done, and neither am I, I just removed myself from teh group's internal politics).

It's the folks on this website who have helped inspire me to not let Crohn's hold me back. It might take me longer to take the LSAT (studying wise -- cramming is not an option when stress sets your gut off), I might have to follow a different road than other folks, but I'm cool with that. It's an interesting road. :)
"Let me light my lamp,"
Says the star,
"And never debate
If it will help to remove the darkness."
-- Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore

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