OR nurse changing to Coding nurse, I Think!

  1. Hello Everyone, This is my first time here. My name is Terri and I'm from the Boston area. I am an RN with 17 years of OR experience. Much to my dismay, I need to change specialties due to diabetic complications affecting my feet. Just when I thought that I had everything going for me, it was taken away so abruptly. I can honestly say that "I loved my job!".
    I have not worked since September 3, 2004 after breaking my right foot (for the second time in 5 months)....then ending up in the hospital with a severe right foot infection (both due to Charcot Foot Disease-a diabetic complication)..I was told by several doctors that if I wanted to keep my foot then I would have to stop OR nursing completely.
    So, I am looking for a nursing job that is not physically demanding, still allowing me to use my brain. I started looking into RN-Coding. It sounds almost too good to be true. Whether it be office work or auditing/coding at home, I wonder if there's a need for nurses in this specialty. I intend to take the RN-Coder Boot Camp in May.....if there's any one out there that has done this course or anyone who has an opinion on coding/auditing as a nurse in general, PLEASE feel free to offer any suggestions, information, or pose any questions. I'm all ears!
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  3. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Greyt1
    I was told by several doctors that if I wanted to keep my foot then I would have to stop OR nursing completely.
    So, I am looking for a nursing job that is not physically demanding, still allowing me to use my brain.!
    Hey, glad to keep your foot, sigh... don't you hate it when you have to make a change, as opposed to making a choice?

    Well look at it this way, you DO have the choice to stay in OR - but - it's a BAD choice ...

    Hope you find something that you enjoy! I applaud your past years in OR and am excited for you - who knows? it may end up being something you love!
  4. by   lifesaverwv
    Hi Terri,
    Welcome to the group. This isn't about coding but I was in a similar situation 2 1/2 years ago. I was the only RN on our small Same Day Surgery unit that only has 8 beds. I loved my job there & I enjoyed working with my 2 LPN's. I was in a car accident driving to work in 2002 & apparently feel asleep & crashed. Thank God I didn't hit anyone. I went off the road, went down a mound of dirt & side swiped a tree which caused my front tire to blow out & the car to stop. I woke up dazed, not knowing what happened. A gentleman came out to my car & said he called an ambulance.
    To make a long story short I suffered a compression fracture of L2. I spent 13 days in 2 hospitals & then I was unable to return to work until 3 months later. When I called my DON to let her know I'd be back to work in 2 weeks she told me they'd have to find something for me to do because she gave my job on SDS to another RN who had worked there for a couple of years. I worked there for 20 years. I cried for days because I didn't have the job that I loved anymore. I could tell you alot more about how badly my hospital treats it's employees but that would be too long of a story.
    I wish you the best :hatparty:
  5. by   Thunderwolf
    Welcome!!!

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