I wondered if anyone can direct me to the right place or if anyone has experiences with this. I am a nursing student (a little older) and became a CNA five years ago. My second year, I was working full time, and took a patient load (14) (or actually was assigned the patient load), one of the patients required a total transfer. I had little help, I was pressured for time, so I transferred the person myself (btk amputee). I saw a co-worker who was much older than I transfer, she did it with such ease, so I tried it myself. Well, I didn't use a gait belt, attempted to transfer from wheelchair to bed, as soon as I got him to the bed, had to transfer him back to the wheelchair to avoid the fall, because he was not secure on the bed (so with all my strength I had to transfer back to the wheelchair). I felt my back just crunch. So I kept a stoic response, but was in excruciating pain. I had to take off work a week later, and go to the ER, yes I waited a week, and suffered.
Now all these years later, I did work as a CNA, but not much, now I am in nursing school
. Needless to say, it costs money, I still have my CNA certification (active) and my employer (now, not the one I worked for when I hurt my back) can only keep me on staff as a CNA, nothing light duty.
I wake up in pain most mornings, haven't been to the doctor yet (except for the ER visit). When I work as a CNA, the condition is exacerbated, needless to say, I can barely get up the next morning.
Does anyone have experience with this? If I applied for disability being a nursing student, is that looked down upon? I only have floor experience. In my clinicals, we aren't doing heavy lifting, so nursing responsibilities are ok with me.
Thanks for any responses.
Aug 23, '17
Quote from LovingLife123
If you are wanting to apply for SSDI you will not get it going to school full time and having a job. Sitting in a classroom and attending clinicals shows you can work a job.
Nursing as you know is a very physical job. Is it worth it to your back?
What if the only job you have experience in is physical and your past non-CNA job is not readily available (lack of jobs). Truthfully, CNA is 10x more physical than a nurse. A nurse may lift a patient or two, but not hoards and hoards as a CNA does. Passing meds, and giving insulin are not physical.
Last edit by fibroblast on Aug 23, '17