Well, here is my story. I have been thinking of becoming a nurse for some time now and I have experience as a home health aide. For the past 4 years I have been taking prerequisites on and off and should be able to start nursing school either fall (private) or spring 2014 (CC). I have 2 classes left to complete. However, since late last year I have been having knee pain, especially when going up or down stairs. I went to the doctor and found out I had both knee osteoarthritis and a torn meniscus in both knees. It didn't take long after that diagnosis for my left knee to start limping and I had to eventually use a brace. I did surgery (knee arthroscopy) last month and even though I am healing well, I still walk with a limp and I can no longer walk long distances. I am hoping the limp will go away by summer but I am not sure if it will or if I will ever be the same. I am in my late thirties and the doctor says I need to loose weight which I am working on. I am afraid that if I start nursing school, I will have difficulties with clinicals or even if I get through that, I won't be able to land a job, giving the current market and now my obvious physical limitations.
I think about doing occupational therapy instead sometimes, I am not sure how less physically demanding it will be. Right now I am just at a loss. Some people say the limp will go away after I heal completely, but considering I was limping since November last year and it hasn't gone away yet, I just don't know.
Are there any new nurse who had a physical limitation such as limping and how did it affect you in the job market?