Hello, I am new to this site but I have been following other people's post for quite some time. I figured the best place to go for advice from people who have been through similar situations would be the best place to get advice. I have been working for 2.5 years as an RN on a very busy med/surg unit.
During the last 1.5 years, I have been struggling with increasingly bad foot problems that are now to the point of surgery and debilitating pain (especially during work). I started out with plantar fasciitis, which I know many people have had...but over 1.5 years this has gotten only worse, now leaving me with heel spurs, nerve entrapment, and tears in a variety of tendons throughout my ankle.
To make the story short, I have done everything there is to do regarding treatment other than surgery so I think that may be my only way out of this. But even then, my doctor and I both worry about future problems down the road due to the nature of my job and how much I am on my feet. Basically, I may be looking at needing to find an RN job that is not as physically demanding. In fact, if I could find one that I was not on my feet much to work that would be ideal. Any suggestions?
I have looked into being a legal nurse consultant, but I don't know what the job opportunities are like out there for that. My only experience is in Med/Surg at this point, but I'm hoping there may be options out there. Anyone who has suggestions please let me know! Thanks!