Another drag on our social system... - page 2

I have worked at one job or another since I was 14y. Paid into the system like a good girl. Then, I had the misfortune of being injured at home; lost my job because FMLA ran out. I am still in... Read More

  1. by   RN2B2005
    Of course you didn't ask for money. That's why I offered. We've all been where you are now, albeit for different reasons.

    It just seems ridiculous to me that you should be forced to give up your car, which you need now more than ever, in order to be considered for benefits. The fact that you want to go back to work yet can't get any sort of aid is positively ridiculous. You aren't a drain on the social system; the people who are abusing the system and are getting benefits are the ones who are draining it.

    Anyway, the offer stands.

    Jennifer
  2. by   Sleepyeyes
    PS

    My stepdad was unable to walk and was dx'd with MS. SS disability turned him down. Well, turns out that he was eventually approved, and got retro benefits from the day that he initially applied.
  3. by   yannadey
    Fab4 my prayers are with you.
    Here's some job options you might look into Agencys need nurses to work in the office, there is also telephone advice nurse, MDS coordinators in nursing homes.
    My mom who was a nurse for 20 yrs is fighting for her disability that cut off recently she has kidney failure for about a year now she goes to dialysis 3xwkly & those crazy people cut her off with no warning saying she has to proof she is unable to work. Duh???
  4. by   Brownms46
    I have seen ads myself online for a nurse for lawyers offices, or to review files. I have a friend who couldn't stand working for Mircosoft, plus he didn't want to commute across the Sound everytime the wanted to have a meeting. He was telecommunting for Microsoft at the time.

    So he decided to go into business for himself doing indexing, and abstracts in his home. He sent out over a 600 letters to different publishers and now he has been working from his own at his leisure for the last two years!

    Maybe you could do chart reviews from home...or there are jobs where you do recruiting from home also. I truly believe where there is a will, there is a way. Good luck to you in getting your life back, and finding a better way for you
  5. by   capgirl
    have you thought about nurses house? This organization is there to help nurses in need as a result of injury, illness or disability.

    www.nurseshouse.org/aboutus.asp
  6. by   hapeewendy
    sorry I missed this thread my dear friend , If there is anything at all I can do to help you, all you need to do is pm me okay? and I mean it , telehealth ontario is a phone based call centre for rns to give out information to patients calling in for health advice etc, they are usually hiring .... just a thought, I would love to have you closer to me (hee!)
    I think its digusting what you're going through and you a.dont deserve it and b.shouldnt stand for it. (no bad pun intended my friend!)
    I'm peeved just reading this , patients need people like you, you are a fantastic nurse, but more importantly , a great person
    so I agree , take some time , think about what you might want to do and look into alternatives, you never know , life has a freaky way of working out sometimes
    rooting for you as always
    wendy
  7. by   Tweety
    Sorry to hear about your troubles. Best wishes to you.
  8. by   litebrite
    Well, fab4fan, I couldn't believe when I read your post (on other board), I was shocked. I felt horrible that you had you no where to turn. It didn't make sense, why wouldn't they let you work what you could until you were healed. With being short on nurses it seemed crazy to terminate you. Then since you know I was going through the a similar type of injury, fear set in. Well, it happened today. I have been terminated. I am not even out of my fiberglass cast. Also, I found out by the benefit department sending me papers for Cobra. No one called or wrote a letter. I was in utter shock. I am at a loss as to what to do, but I guess I should be glad I will have insurance. I am woried about paying the bills (it's 12 times the amount I pay now, plus I am out of work and have other bills) but I am still numb. I think the rage will come a little later. I am starting to lose faith in this profession and system. Well, I am still young maybe I should pick another field. I hope things are getting a little better for you and your ankle is healing!
  9. by   Grace Oz
    Just wanted to send my thoughts & best wishes to you from here "Down Under". Perhaps knowing people are thinking of you & praying for you might help at least a little. Do you belong to a nurses union? Can they help in any way? Sounds like your social security system is as cockeyed as ours here in Oz. It's typical, those of us who have worked & paid our dues never seem to qualify for assistance when we need it! Could you contact your local state politican? These people are voted in by the citizens, they are supposed to be there to help & often do. Just a thought.
    I also support what some of the others have suggested, look into alternative ways you might be able to earn a living. Have faith, believe in yourself & good luck! I have you in my prayers.
    Cheers,
    Grace
  10. by   Rapheal
    Hey Fab4fan,

    You are a strong determined person. You will work through this. There have been some exellent suggestions on this board for you to look into. I am convinced from reading your posts that you are blessed with an intelligent, creative mind. My hopes and prayers are with you. Please keep us updated on your progress. Also if there is a particulare area of interest for you in employment-let us know. I (and I am sure others) will help research what is available in your area if you provide that info.
  11. by   fab4fan
    Originally posted by litebrite
    Well, fab4fan, I couldn't believe when I read your post (on other board), I was shocked. I felt horrible that you had you no where to turn. It didn't make sense, why wouldn't they let you work what you could until you were healed. With being short on nurses it seemed crazy to terminate you. Then since you know I was going through the a similar type of injury, fear set in. Well, it happened today. I have been terminated. I am not even out of my fiberglass cast. Also, I found out by the benefit department sending me papers for Cobra. No one called or wrote a letter. I was in utter shock. I am at a loss as to what to do, but I guess I should be glad I will have insurance. I am woried about paying the bills (it's 12 times the amount I pay now, plus I am out of work and have other bills) but I am still numb. I think the rage will come a little later. I am starting to lose faith in this profession and system. Well, I am still young maybe I should pick another field. I hope things are getting a little better for you and your ankle is healing!

    litebrite: You know what, I was thinking about you the other day; I haven't seen you much on the "other" board.

    I am so sorry that you are now going through the same thing. This profession can be so cruel...no one had the decency to talk to you or me (well, at least I got a voice mail telling me I was canned...I can't imagine what I would have done if I'd gotten COBRA paperwork out of the blue; that is REALLY unprofessional).

    Apply for unemployment compensation NOW...don't wait. You will probably get it because you are able to do some type of work, but were term. because you can't do your present job and were not offered other work that would accommodate your limitations.

    Listen, there are some things I want to say, but do not want to get too specific on a public venue like this. If you want to, you can e-mail me tlbrn85@yahoo.com, and I can go into some more detail.

    I am so sorry to hear this; I was really hoping that somewhere out there was an administration that had a heart. Apparently, becoming a manager requires total removal of all myocardial tissue.

    Take care...e-mail me!
    fab
    Last edit by fab4fan on Mar 30, '03
  12. by   Little One2
    Fab4Fan, Sorry to hear about your injury and problem. It probably seems like the end of the world. But, hang in there, there are some good suggestions posted.

    I don't know how bad your injury is, have you thought of doing community nursing. I don't if it is the same in the states as in canada, you do simple nursing skills - such as wound care, monitoring health status, teaching. There is no heavy lifting or standing on your feet for twelve hours. There are many options out there.

    Good luck and take care.
  13. by   fab4fan
    Originally posted by Grace Oz
    Just wanted to send my thoughts & best wishes to you from here "Down Under". Perhaps knowing people are thinking of you & praying for you might help at least a little. Do you belong to a nurses union? Can they help in any way? Sounds like your social security system is as cockeyed as ours here in Oz. It's typical, those of us who have worked & paid our dues never seem to qualify for assistance when we need it! Could you contact your local state politican? These people are voted in by the citizens, they are supposed to be there to help & often do. Just a thought.
    I also support what some of the others have suggested, look into alternative ways you might be able to earn a living. Have faith, believe in yourself & good luck! I have you in my prayers.
    Cheers,
    Grace
    Rapheal Hey Fab4fan,

    You are a strong determined person. You will work through this. There have been some exellent suggestions on this board for you to look into. I am convinced from reading your posts that you are blessed with an intelligent, creative mind. My hopes and prayers are with you. Please keep us updated on your progress. Also if there is a particulare area of interest for you in employment-let us know. I (and I am sure others) will help research what is available in your area if you provide that info.


    Grace and Raphael: Thank you so much for your supportive comments.

    Still going to PT three times a week, getting strength and increased ROM bit by bit.

    Actually, I was thinking about looking for a job like in an onco. office; I'm very good with IV's, but I don't have exp. giving chemo, so I don't know if I'd be a likely candidate or not. I learn quickly, and I have had exp. working with the different VAD's, so, I don't know. I am keeping my eyes open; if I see a course on VAD's or working with chemo, I might go, just to be able to say I have it...could look good for future job applications.

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