I am looking for people to share their experiences with lift tests in conjunction with pre-employment physicals. I was informed that I would be expected to lift 50# from floor to waist and knee to waist. I am currently undergoing physical therapy for an exacerbation of a sports injury and am uncertain as to whether I will be able to lift this much weight, and I certainly do not want to exacerbate my injury further. I hope to be fully rehabilitated in a few months, but only time will tell.
I did not spend 2.5 years in school just to have trouble gaining employment because of something like this! I am very frustrated and am looking for support and encouragement, so please do not lecture me on how lifting is an important part of nursing.
I believe that the number of back injuries in nursing speak to the fact that this is an issue for many nurses and should be addresseed by the profession. However, in the meantime I want to find a satisfactory position in an acute care setting.