I've not been around for ages, so I hope you don't mind me having a rant and asking for your advice...
I am currently working as a Staff Nurse on a very busy acute respiratory ward, full time and on 12.5 hour shifts. I have always been honest with work/Occy health with regards to my brittle asthma, and as such Occy Health have said I'm not to work more than 2 shifts in a row due to the severity of my condition, and to expect higher levels of sickness etc.
I started the job 6 months ago, and have had 13 days off sick, many A&E trips, etc etc and my manager has had enough. I feel she is trying to bully me in to leaving, by saying that I am letting myself, the team, and patients down. She has told me that she thinks ""it gets to 3pm and I just want to go home, so pretend I am unwell"", will not let me use my nebuliser at work, and has warned me that using my inhaler ""looks unprofessional"". One evening I was in A&E with an attack and, against Dr's advice, forced myself to work the next day to avoid the aggravation - my manager took me coming in to work as a sign that I was not really ill the previous day, and went to A&E as an excuse to leave a study day early!!
I do not want to be bullied in to leaving, and although I do find it hard work and stressful, all I want to do is look after others also having breathing problems. I have been told that it would be a nuisance for me to work short days (though there are staff members who do so), and have been re-referred back to Occy Health...although I am under a consultant, and OH said that they should just expect higher sickness.
Any advice would be very gratefully received, I am at my wits end. I have been unwell with my chest last night and today, using lots of nebs, and tomorrow I start night duty for a week or so, but due to the pressure, aggravation, and upset I go through at work when I either phone in sick or am bad at work I cannot and will not phone in sick. Dangerous, yes, but I feel I have no choice.
Please help!! Sorry for writing so much,...