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 where someone was worried that a preemployment screen may cost them a job offer due to their scoliosis.
At this point in my life (mid-30s) I don't know the degree of my curve, but I do know it is an S shape and I have an obvious rib hump, especially when bending over. And obvious enough to warrant some comments from ignorant people when they see me bend over such as, "ewwww...what's wrong with your back!" Sure, I experience pain daily, but I honestly don't know life without pain. Most of my career has been standing/walking for long periods of time, carrying/lifting heavy items (I was a waitress and also a flight attendant). I never let my condition hinder my abilities to do my job. I won't lie, there have been days I have gone home crying from the pain, but I am usually better after a good night's rest on a good mattress. Plus, to this day, I have only taken an OTC med for pain a handful of times (and it has to be REALLY bad for me to take them).
I guess my question is...should I be concerned that I may not be "hireable" because of this? I'm starting to have anxiety over this, especially since I've been working so hard to achieve my dream and my condition has never once even occurred to me as being detrimental to my future nursing career.