Unfortunate ICU RN in need of less physically demanding job - page 2

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]I have been working in the ICU since I was a new grad a little less than 2 years ago. I love it SO much, but I know that I physically cannot continue. I am on worker's comp right now for a back injury while pulling up a patient... Read More


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    Thank you for the response. Yes, I agree I think that something related to surgery would be the best fit for me right now. I'm still exploring pre op vs PACU. But, I'm sure I'd be open to whatever is available. Actually, I have almost 2 years experience in the ICU (which has a mixed population of neuro, cardiac, medical and trauma) so that should help! I appreciate all the advice

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    it all depends on which PACU you go to. The good thing about ours is that the pt's are already on their own bed when they get to PACU. The only physical thing we do is to just push their beds to their assigned rooms. I work both places and I would take PACU any day. My back is killing me! My ICU is small and we have no techs at night.. which means we turn our patients on our own more often than not.
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    Quote from Dbb82
    it all depends on which PACU you go to. The good thing about ours is that the pt's are already on their own bed when they get to PACU. The only physical thing we do is to just push their beds to their assigned rooms. I work both places and I would take PACU any day. My back is killing me! My ICU is small and we have no techs at night.. which means we turn our patients on our own more often than not.
    That's pretty much what I'm looking for. I'm not saying I want/need the easiest job in the world, just a step down in intensity from the craziness and high physical demands of the ICU, so I can keep my health issues under better control. See, I also work in an ICU with no PCTs, no nurses aids and no lift team, so all care, turning, lifting, OOB is done by RNs. When you say it depends on the PACU you work in, would smaller or bigger be better? Or do you mean other variables? Thanks in advance for your input.

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