What healthcare jobs involving direct patient care do not require heavy lifting?

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    It looks like most direct patient care jobs require lifting of over 50 lbs. This could entail lifting a 300 lb. patient by oneself. What healthcare jobs involving direct patient care (or indirect care) do not require heavy lifting? Are there any accommodations provided to assist with heavy lifting for the healthcare jobs that do require the lifting?
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    No job is ever going to require you to lift a 300lb pt by yourself. Most hospitals require you to lift 50lbs. Obviously with the obese pts such as your 300lb pt you could use a Hoyer lift and a fellow co-worker to help. I never move pts by myself, even if they are my size, as I could still end up hurting myself.

    If you actually have a medical condition or a reason you are unable to do alot of lifting and are looking for the area of nursing for you, have you considered clinics, NICU, case management, and other options. There are lots of options in nursing that do not involve heavy lifting.
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    I would like more information about RN jobs that don't require lifting. I have destroyed my shoulders working as a CNA for over twenty years. I also want to dispute the last comment. Although you would never be required to lift a 300lb pt. completely on your own, nursing is a job where you cannot really predict what will happen. You will most likely have to pull a 300 lb pt up in bed. You will be required to lift a 300+ lb pt. with the assistance of another nurse or CNA. Many people especially heavy ones are afraid of Hoyer lifts and will refuse to be lifted in them. Additionally no one can ever predict exactly what will happen working as a nurse. People fall all the time and you are not going to just jump back and let them injure themselves, they slide down roll too far over and do things you wont even think of. When this happens you just do your best but you are rarely going to have time to get help. Also I have tried working in jobs where you would think there would not be lifting of heavy pts. Pediatrics and nurse management, but I always end up lifting so be careful. Plan ahead and get the type of education that you need to do the job that you can physically do.
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    In our hospital patients are not given an option of using a hoyer lift or not. That decision is determined by therapy. If you are not strong enough to move yourself out of bed into a wheel chair with the assistance of a transfer board at maximum, you are a hoyer lift. I've never had a patient refuse the hoyer, and if they did, I'm sorry, my back is more important than your fear at that point. I love my job. I love the patient to patient work, but I also recognize that if I get injured lifting a patient, the patient will be injured as well. It is not safe for anyone at that point and it's hoyer or stay where you are.


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