I mostly work in an electric wheelchair at the moment, as an LPN in a nursing home, but very very shortly I will have my RN and I'm looking around to see what kind of jobs I can do. I have lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and I can walk a fair bit, but my lungs are not the best. I have always worked as a VA hospital nurse until the last 3 years, so my knowledge of other nursing jobs is a bit skimpy.
I'm looking for suggestions; so far my colleagues have suggested case manager, community health, and school nurse. I really love the school nurse idea but unfortunately in my community it pays....$14k a year...I can't afford that. I'd love any ideas that you all might have. Thanks a lot!
I have a mobility impairment (due to JRA) and work as a community heath nurse. I could do my job in a wheelchair, which may be necessary in a few years.
I'm not sure what awaits a new RN with a disability. I only got my job because I had 20 years of experience and an unusual amount of non-nursing professional expertise that this job required. Also, a BSN does open doors to less clinical nursing roles in my region.
Salary? Almost all non-hospital nursng jobs I've had paid less than clinical RN jobs. I took a 10K pay cut from hospital to community health. Case management paid pretty well. In my experience, the best pension and health care benefits (which I needed) came with gov't jobs.
Last edit by Quickbeam on Apr 9, '07