Question for Frontline/Healthcare Workers - Have I screwed up my chance to ever work in healthcare again?

MaplePancake

New Here
I was on the frontline of the pandemic since the beginning as a respiratory therapist. After a year in Covid I quit my job somewhat abruptly /and got a new RT job immediately working in a long term care facility. I had a good three month review and got along pretty well with both patients and staff. But I was always filled with dread and panic-even on my days off- I just had these awful feelings of doom and something really bad happening. My apple watch gave me a heart rate of 165 even doing mundane tasks like changing out an inner cannula in a stable patient. I quit that position. I did tell the manager that I just had too much anxiety. They deserved to know. And I think it was better for any potential patients that I did quit because with all my anxiety or hyper vigilance the chances of me missing something important or making some other mistake were increased

so I want to know if you think I screwed up my chance to ever work in healthcare again? I am afraId word will go around that l am unreliable. I am a half glass empty type of person so maybe this is a cognitive distortion but I thought someone in the field could give me an educated thought

thank you
 

Sues

MyPTSD Pro
Hello, I'm sorry you're going through this. When you quit your two jobs, did you give your 2 week notice? If you didn't, then you probably won't get a good referral.

If you're ready to go back to work, then you could start by working through registry.

Do you have a therapist to talk to? Have you seen a doctor or psychiatrist about your anxiety? Getting the help you need will make a big difference.
 

gealach

MyPTSD Pro
Some things to consider:

A lot of people left their jobs during covid, and that includes a lot of HC practitioners, with many quoting pandemic related stress and fatigue. You aren't alone in this.

How did you quit? With notice? With a good reference? If you took the time to notify the LTC employer of your stress, I'm guessing you did things in a way that didn't burn any bridges.

Are you still a member in good standing with your regulatory body?

There's a lot of demand for HC workers right now, in all fields. And they aren't all full time, there's flexibility in scheduling. I'm willing to bet there's a position out there for you, if you're ready to go back.
 
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