Thanks for providing such a wonderful site. I have been off work since June 30th 2003 after injuring myself helping patient back to bed. Workman's comp and the rest of the situation in general has been a nightmare. I feel so isolated I can't describe it. I see many others that seem to have the same problem. It's not easy when you have 10 patients, 2 confused and climbing over the rails. 1 getting 2 UPRBC, covering an LPN with her own Pt Load, 2 fresh post ops, a discharge and an admission. No choice in pt load because were short staffed. But we all know that story. Can't imagine why nursing would be hard on your back. I would love to here from anyone with any input. I was in process of going from R.N. ADN to R.N. MSN For NP when this happened. If I keep getting treated the way I am now, I fear I and my family will wind up homeless. One year ago I could have never imagined myself in this position. I have come to find that money is king and stonewalling is the norm. You would think they would do everything possible to help you get back to being a productive nurse. But instead it seems they would simply like me to dissapear. I have had a lawyer since the very beginning and I will soon have my first visit to a "Workman's Comp Physician". :uhoh21: I feel like my whole life is on the line and it most probably is. What do I say and do at this first visit. My neurosurgeon told me my injury is so severe that I will never be able to perform as I did prior to the event.
Lost in Illinois