HELP Recyle disabled nurses - page 7

I know that I am not the only nurse who is no longer working as a nurse due to a back injury. In the US, OSHA requires that you be able to lift 50 lbs to work on the floor as a nurse. I can't. My... Read More

  1. by   mattsmom81
    Originally posted by Huganurse
    I wonder how many nurses are not at the BS d/t injury or the actual physical demands of BS nsg? I'd bet it is a high percentage. I can only offer words of encouragement to keep trying and keep focused on your goals. You'll get there! There is degree or a job for you. I found mine!

    Similar thread about this subject on this BB:
    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...threadid=15630
    Great subject for a poll...let's see how many in cyberspace respond!
  2. by   mattsmom81
    Elf, I guess I was thinking about Rush Limbaugh, the radio talk show host who lost his hearing...the cochlear implants worked wonders for him, he says.

    Let us know what you find out....when we share good info we help one another. And vent anytime...we all know as nurses we HATE to ask for help even when we should.
  3. by   Dr. Kate
    Cheerfuldoer and anyone else considering school or career modification/change

    Do give some thought to contacting a career counselor. One thing they can do for you is give some perspective on what your transferable skills really are, what kinds of opportunities and jobs are out there, and what you might be best suited to at this stage of your life.
    As nurses I think all too often we fail to think outside the box. There is so much out there and we are limited in how we think about ourselves (won't even go into how other people limit us by how they think about us.)

    If you're thinking about spending the money to go back to school, you want to be sure you're spending the money and more importantly, the time, wisely.
  4. by   live4today
    Hello Dr. Kate...thanks for taking the time to share that valuable and encouraging information with us. I hadn't thought about sitting down with a career counselor, but it certainly sounds like a wonderful and wise option. Thanks for the tips!
  5. by   live4today
    Mattsmom81's quote by Erica Jong: "Surviving has meant being born over and over." Mattsmom81, soooooooo true...in my life anyways. I like that quote. I've evolved more times than I can keep up with, which is why I won't just sit back and feel helpless or useless just because of my physical injury to the shoulder. We who have suffered job injuries, and are off work because of them, WILL overcome those obstacles that lie in our path of life, and be more the wiser for them in the long run...coming out on top like the true nurses that we are. ((((Hugs to all the injured nurses everywhere)))) :kiss
  6. by   IrishElf
    Wow! Thanks Dr. Kate for the advice. I also appreciate the positive thinking and encouragement on this bb.

    Well, I've gotta run and work a noc shift. I'll see where I can find a career counselor... six years of psych experience can be used somewhere.
  7. by   mercykitten
    Anyone got any news? How are we getting along?
    No news yet at my end. Still waiting for job interview.

    Wanted to touch bases with you all.....
  8. by   mattsmom81
    Hi everyone! Hope we all are having more good days than bad!

    Got a question for those of us with chronic pain:

    I mustfind a substitute for Ultram as there is a seizure risk with combinations of Ultram and SSRI's.

    Anyone know some good long acting analgesics of the Ultram or better strength that I might consider??

    I am trying to put off a pain clinic...may end up there soon but thought I would try asking my peers advice first.

    Thanks all!!:kiss
  9. by   mercykitten
    Mattsmom, I don't know anything to suggest. I am sure you are probably on an NSAid of some kind along with other meds, besides the Ultram?
    I deal with chronic pain too. But I do sorta have some good news. I had been thinking that my back was getting worse: the pain after working three 12 hr shifts was getting pretty bad, plus I had to go back in for another 4-8 hr. shift.
    Well, now it turns out that EVERYBODY that is working regularly at the monitors is having significant back pain and troubles. So, I am hoping that this means it is not my back that is getting worse, but something in the job (way monitors, chairs set up, etc.).
    But, I also wanted to let you know that I do have chronic pain. I don't have any answers for you, but I know where you are coming from.
    I do have a problem taking NSAIDs.....Relafen is the only one I know that I can take. Ibupofen causes me sharp, burning pain in my stomach. Alleve upsets my asthma. I can only take Relafen and only for a week or so, before it starts bothering my asthma and/or I start retaining fluid from it.
    I am hoping that someone else may have some insight for your problem.
  10. by   mattsmom81
    Well, saw the neurosurgeon and he stopped my Celebrex too...ouch....says it can hinder the fusion process in my bone graft <sigh>

    He gave me some Darvocette and Soma to get me through the next few months so that's something for now.

    Lately I ache and hurt in so many places, I'm wondering what that's all about. Had a spell like this that resolved somewhat lastfall...now its returned..hard to get OOB in the am due to pain and stiffness in multiple joints and muscles.

    Do you have a good chair to sit in with good lumbar support at the monitors? Are the monitors at correct height and distance so you don't have to crane your neck or strain to look up or down at them? May be an ergonomics problem but my experience with my peers has been we have bad backs from lifting patients ...my monitor techs have been mostly injured CNA's or nurses who hurt themselves on the floors.

    Pain on a daily basis is a b***h isn't it. Hope you find some relief. (((HUGS)))
  11. by   mercykitten
    Mattsmom, I started a reply earlier today, had it mostly written and got bumped. Don't know if I remember everything in the original message, but the most important thing is this: maybe you need to see a rheumotoidologist for your different joint pains and symptoms.
    From what you are saying it sounds like a couple or so possiblities: arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and others including fibromylgia.
    I think in my situation, the boss is going to get some new chairs. I don't think that it is just the ergonomics....I think that it is working 12 hrs shifts as a MT. And having to be back in 12 hrs....you know when you get home, there is always stuff to do. Plus sleeping during the day isn't easy. So I also figure lack of sleep is part of it....I would get more sleep if I didn't have to back in at 7 p.m.
    Also Webmd just had a research show that on 6 hrs of sleep a day (not 8) causes inflammation to develope. Isn't that interesting.
    All for now. Hugs to you too.
  12. by   mattsmom81
    12 hour shifts really got to me too after my car wreck, Mercykitten, and I had to drop from 3-12's to 2-12's----I was doing charge on a tele stepdown unit as sometimes we had ICU overflows (vents, etc) and the director liked an ICU qualified nurse to be 'free' on this unit to keep flowing smoothly and troubleshoot.....it worked fairly well til I let the pain get out of control and it just pushed me to the edge.

    Now I am feeling a bit stronger, rested, and better attitude to combat this chronic pain. I will probably seek a pain management clinic soon as it seems a logical direction for me.

    Any way you could do 8 hour shifts? Any news on the employee health position? Let us know what you find out.....I'm interested in how my peers on this BB do...those with chronic pain and illnesses....and how you cope and make life adjustments to deal with things...we help each other by sharing our coping mechanisms and plans!

    Hope everyone out there is having a good weekend...it is rainy here in Fort Worth and it's good...we needed it.
  13. by   mercykitten
    Mattsmom, if I or others want 8 hr shifts (they do, most of the rest of the people having back trouble are day shift), it would mean hiring another person. I don't think my manager will do that; I am not sure that she would be allowed to do that.
    Apparently, there is a lot of concern about the extra pay incentives for the nurses.....that the hospital is cutting corners in every other department. What is amazing is that the nurses at my hospital are the lowest paid nurses in our state.
    I haven't really said anything to my manager about my back acting up.....I have had to be off work with it. I just figured that I am stuck with 12 hrs shifts if I want to work. And I have to work, financially. Of course, that is the course I was taking until I found out that everyone else is having back trouble.
    Mattsmom, having you tried the new thermacare wraps.....they are disposable and give you heat for 8 hrs or more (mine lasted about 12 hrs.) It did seem to help my muscles.
    Also has anyone else been reading the posting about "no lift risk management". Such a change in policy could lessen the chances of other nurses ending up in our shoes.

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