Dear Catfish, I am sorry to hear about your injury. I injured myself at work 3 years ago. After going to numerous doctors, having numerous injections, procedures, etc I am finally feeling some relief. It takes a very long time to recover (you never fully do in most cases). I have scoliosis which accelerated the degenerative process. I have disk dessication, multiple bulging disks, facet arthritis; a couple of disks are on root nerves, spondylosis, retrolisthesis, schmorl's nodes with reactive marrow edema, and end plate changes etc, etc, etc. I am not a good candidate for fusion because the top curve is large, so the surgeon said fusing the lower spine would create more problems in the upper spine. I finally got nerves burned on both sides of my lower back. The hospital said they couldn't find my original incident report (and I didn't get a copy) so the whole thing was very messed up! After working (cardiac stepdown) with an intermittent FMLA (and constant back pain), I finally took some solid time off (through FMLA) which turned into 6 months at which time I was terminated. I went on unemployment and started looking for work (was still receiving treatments and on pain meds at the time). I have probably made 100 applications and been on 25 interviews in the last 2 months alone. My unemployment ran out 3 months ago. I have no real income and still no job. I would suggest looking into case management, disease management or telephonic triage or health coach jobs- these are the only jobs that really require no bending, lifting, twisting. At first I went for jobs like "staff development" or educator positions that were in long term care facilities. What I found is that ANY RN position in a LTC requires you to be on call as an RN and you may even have to work as an aide if needed. Of course I could not do this. I looked for case management jobs but many require you to already have experience doing case management before they will hire you. I have heard that many people just got lucky and got case manager jobs right off the bat without experience. I guess you have to be in right place at right time. I did get an offer for a part time weekend case manager at a hospital and was ecstatic. I went in for my physical and drug screen- I was still on an opiate medication. I wasn't sure how long it would stay in my system, so, although I was planning on weaning down and off the meds , I didn't have time to do that before going to the physical. I told them of the medication, brought the bottle, to verify that I had a prescription, and peed. Even though this job had absolutely no hands on patient care contact duties, and even though I had a legitimate reason for the meds, and even though my doc sent extensive records relating to my back problems and also his support of my working and my ability to do the job, and even though my doctor took me off the meds the very next week, they rescinded the job offer. I was devastated. Not only did I not get the job (after I had accepted their offer), the employee health charge nurse absolutely treated my like some drug addict straight off a street corner!!! There is definitely major stereotyping and pre judgement out there when it comes to these meds. She said they did not hire anyone who had a controlled substance in their urine regardless of if they had a RX or not. I don't know but this seems illegal, this would mean anyone being treated for chronic pain (opiates), anxiety or PTSD (benzos), ADD/ADHD (stimulants) would not be hired based on the legitimately prescribed meds they are taking. I could understand if I was giving direct hands on care to patients, but this was not the case. Well anyway, I thought I would warn you of this. Back to the jobs, I would look on careerbuilder.com or monster.com for case manager, nurse educator, MDS nurse, insurance company nurse, utilization review nurse, utilization management etc. I think it did help me to get that job offer that I had enrolled in an online case management course with the University of Southern Indiana. Even though I didn't have CM experience, being able to say that I was currently studying it helped, it also helped me know more what these positions do. Also, when you go to an interview (or even before interviewing, ask on the phone) ask for a job description sheet. That will tell you the exact (physical) requirements of a job and save you some time. If you are any good with computers, there are jobs out there for nurses to give clinical input to computer/software people to help create and implement healthcare computer systems. There's also medical equipment companies that need nurses to be clinical liasons for their products (they go to hospitals and drs offices and give information and inservices to staff on healthcare products). If you think you like sales- the drug companies hire nurses as drug reps. I recently went on an interview for a cardiologists rounding nurse (for hospital rounding)- no directs hands on work there. Sorry I wrote a book here, the last year has been the worst in my entire life. Good luck and take care of yourself!