Last edited by Jiggly1; 07-02-2015 at 20:15.
Hi I did several of my nursing placements while I was pregnant. I am in NSW but I don't see why it would be different in other states.
I didn't even tell the nursing placement team i was pregnant for all of the placements except for 1. and only because i had to ask to be guaranteed a placement and not have it deferred as bub would be due when deferred placements were given. (Sorry hope that makes sense!). They then asked me to supply a doctors certificate as proof that I was medically clear which I did and everything was fine.
I made sure I never over did it. No lifting (technically this isn't supposed to happen but some nurses do this and expect students to follow).
I had 2 pregnancies while I was at Uni and graduated December just gone so it is possible!! Good luck and I'm sorry for your loss xx
Thank you for replying so quickly and sorry for the delayed response.
Thank you for your advice, I feel much more at ease now!
I am facing the same thing. I am wondering how far along others have been in their pregnancy when they have done placements? Also how long to wait after birth to go back to do placements? I have emailed my placement team to let them know. Hopefully they can find me something either during the first/second trimester or 6-8 weeks after birth.
Would there be any wards you would ask to not be put in? Like contagious diseases etc!?
I am a nurse in sa and have seen several pregnant students from unisa flinders and tafe. The same rule probably applies that you need med cert to continue after 34 weeks.
I would stay away from emergency, cancer wards. Ed because of violence and cancer ward because of medication they use. All wards with always have someone to stay away from. Shingles is something to stay away from too.
I was working in a psychiatric unit when pregnant with DD3 and the attention my belly got from some of the patients was a little uncomfortable. Just keep thinking of yourself and bub as your number 1 priority
I have seen many mums in their third trimester on a placement. Peopleare generally nice about it and don't let you do the hard labour
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