Becoming a nurse with scoliosis - page 2

It's funny how this has never crossed my mind as a concern until now, after spending 2 years completing my pre-reqs and just before entering nursing school. But I happened to come across a post... Read More

  1. by   MsPebbles
    Quote from T-Bird78
    I've been a nurse for 6 years and was dx with scoliosis just last month (finally went to a chiropractor!). A pre-employment screening asked about back pain, which I put as mild, and the physical exam was noted that I couldn't bend over and touch my toes, which concerned the screening nurse, but I got the job anyway. Good luck.
    Thank you for posting this, makes me feel much better. And luckily, I have no problem touching my toes, so hopefully that'll work in my favor!
  2. by   roverdew
    Quote from MsPebbles
    Thank you for posting this, makes me feel much better. And luckily, I have no problem touching my toes, so hopefully that'll work in my favor!
    How did your pre-employment test turn out?
  3. by   mariebailey
    I have congenital spondilolisthesis, & I had the same fears. I stretched daily for a week before my pre-employment physical so I could touch my toes (& I was successful). I don't think your condition should hold you back from employment as long as you can perform physically demanding duties such as lifting. I do pop tylenol at least once a day on my med surg unit. I want to piggyback on another post regarding shoes. Wearing the right shoes at work can really make a difference when it comes to back pain, at least in my experience. Danskos are my shoes of choice.
  4. by   forgivenfaith119
    I have scoliosis that is significant and I've been a nurse for 8 years. It is possible to be a nurse as long as you take care of yourself.

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