After my arm injury, I received a few months of medical pay, then it came to a halt! I guess I could have reapplied, but did not...thinking I would improve in record time on my own, and get back to work. That didn't happen! It is now five years later, and I still have problems with said limb.
Had I been a staff nurse instead of working Agency at that time, I would have expected my employer to accomodate me in some way...I would have checked the employee health records "handicapped" in a way that I could not lift over so many pounds, or worked more than so many hours per day.
People with handicaps cannot be discriminated against...so I would have to go with that option in order to maintain employment as a nurse. I still may have to do this.
There are always nursing tasks that require a RN/LPN whereas the nurse does NOT have to do heavy labor on the job. She/he could be monitor techs, pass meds, take off doctor orders and transcribe them onto patient MARs, feed the patients who cannot feed themselves, do all the new admit paperwork and assessments, assist other nurses with difficult patients that would not require the injured nurse to overexert herself/himself....plus so many other things. She/he could work on the unit as a nurse patient advocate...troubleshooter......the RN could do Charge Nursing without taking patients EXCEPT for the new admits, then turning over any heavy lift patients to other staff.
There is NO reason why any nurse who is injured should not be allowed to continue working as a nurse as long as their injuries are not of the kind that would keep them from performing any nursing task at all. With the nursing shortage as it is, I would think hospitals would try to figure out a way to keep every employee working in whatever capacity is humanly possible. I know I would if I ran a hospital.