Just a follow-up, yeah, the comment about "faking pain" was indeed tongue-in-cheek as my DON had informed me that if I just told them my back didn't hurt anymore, this would all go away. It was offensive but I stuck to it and will reach "full recovery" in a few more weeks.
This did make me reconsider bedside nursing, I admire nurses who can do it, but I never want to hurt like that again.
While on light duty, they had me cover in another part of the hospital and I discovered a position that is more suited to me in every way. Plus, I'm still a nurse in the same facility, so sometimes they call me to start hard stick IV's and I still go to codes and do the charting...so it all worked out, but WOW what a horrible mess.
I think in the end this whole situation gave me some real insight about myself and my career and personal goals. So I think this is the end of this story