Mercykitten, there are LOTS of nurses in this forum in your situation and I am one of them...I tried to watch monitors too for 10 bucks an hour to keep my mind occupied (but then the employee health nurse came up with a 20 # lifting requirement so I couldn't do that either...LOL!)
It is difficult for bedside nurses to give up bedside care, but after a severe back injury it is essential we start 'thinking outside the box' as Agnus has alluded to. We have much to offer!! You have your BSN...have you considered getting your Masters and teaching or running a staff development program or a new grad internship program? Working for the government agencies as a facility inspector? Public health? Docs office? Lots of options to consider.....
I do not qualify for many of the positions I would like to have myself, because I do not have my BSN...so I may be heading to college in time to finish it up.
Your BSN will open lots of doors for you when you decide on the direction you want to head.
I know when you are hurting it is hard to pull yourself up sometimes. I hope your pain is under control so you can see some light at the end of the tunnell and move forward.
Please keep posting....there are lots of us like you and we need to share out stories and learn from one another! Best wishes.