Back pain="damaged goods?"

  1. OK....I hurt my back lifting a child...My co-workers (all older nurses) said that if I reported it I would be labeled as "damaged goods" and never be able to get a job anywhere else. Is this true? Is there such a thing as being "Black-Listed" in nursing?
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   ohmeowzer RN
    you need to report it.. it's your health. accidents happen.. you may need medical care down the road.
  4. by   Princess74
    Report it ASAP!!!
  5. by   nursey46
    Quote from emsboss
    OK....I hurt my back lifting a child...My co-workers (all older nurses) said that if I reported it I would be labeled as "damaged goods" and never be able to get a job anywhere else. Is this true? Is there such a thing as being "Black-Listed" in nursing?
    hi emsboss- I hurt my back back in 1979 in the OR. I have benn on workmans comp since then and they still pay my doctors bills and meds. I have never been black balled and have gone back to OR, PACUand several home health Agencys. Report it right away. It is against the law to deney you work due to past injuries if you can perform your duties. If you can't they need to offer you retraining or a job you can do. Good luck nursey46:spin:
  6. by   48RVRN
    You should report the problem. ASAP.
  7. by   loricatus
    Had a bad back when I applied for a job and told employee health about it during my hiring physical. 9 months into the job I tried to hold up a falling, combative 400 pounder and felt a twinge in my back that became worse as the shift went on. I was told by the charge nurse the very same thing you were told and didn't report it. I had to take 2 days off for the bad back which came out of PTO. A few weeks later a chair collapsed and my butt hit the floor hard-set off my back and sciatic nerve. This time I filed an incident report and was able to get paid time off and extensive medical care. Although the charge nurse tried very hard to discourage me from filing that report, I realized that it benefits the hospital if I do not report it. Nothing adverse has happened to me from filing that report. My newest employer was told about my back injuries and that I would refuse to handle anything that could set it off. So far, no problems disclosing my back problems. If I had not disclosed it and were injured, the employer could claim that I concealed pertinent past medical history and refuse to cover any back injury. I have come to believe that if you are honest about a medical condition or injury received, the employer must accomodate for it.
  8. by   dm2
    hav had a "bad back" that acts up for several years , employer knows,and I still work in ED. Report it: take care of yourself! .

    By the way, the best thing I ever did for it was to finally see a spine doc for an evaluation. We discussed many options and as mine had several bulges not herniations , PT was recommended. It did wonders to help "realign" the bulging discs. Was tired of how drugs did not really help and left me stoned. PT and the resulting techniques they taught me have helped quieten the monster!

    Take care of yourself!

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