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This is a discussion on Help!? Any nurses who don't have to talk for their job? in Nurses With Disabilities, part of General Nursing ... Background: I'm 26 and I've been employed on a Neuro Med Surg floor since passing boards in July...by afox Jan 7Background: I'm 26 and I've been employed on a Neuro Med Surg floor since passing boards in July 12, but in December I had a thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer and unfortunately since then have been SOB with any type of exertion or speaking more than a sentence (my voice is no louder than a whisper) and I'm also dysphagic on thin liquids.
Today, I finally saw an ENT and they did a scope to see how my vocal chords are moving and they are paralyzed in an almost closed position. The ENT was surprised that I'm even functioning at all without a trach. Ive been referred to the best of the best (supposedly) and I was advised to take it easy to avoid respiratory distress.
So my question is does anyone have any ideas on types of nursing jobs (or really any type of job) that I could do that requires very little speaking (and that I'd be understood at a whisper) and doesn't require much movement, as I'm SOB with any exertion. I have my appointment this Friday with the Big Shot ENT, but I'm so worried about employment. I have bills to pay and 30K in student loans. I don't see myself being able to return to a traditional nursing roll unless this is reversed.
Any ideas/advise is appreciated! (sorry it's so long)
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- Jan 8 by irisheyesRsmilinI am very sorry this is happening to you. What about insurance nursing positions? I have a friend who works from home and she reviews cases for a big insurance company. I know that everything is done via computer, so I am thinking that very little talking would be done!
I wish you the best of luck
- Jan 14 by Rhi007Working from home for a rads company typing up dictated reports?! Anything online pretty much and where you can work from home
- Jan 15 by somenurseaw geez, that has to be real tough, i have nothing to add to the posts above, which seem like good ideas to me,
but, just wanted to say, i hope you are doing well, and hope your appt went well with The Big Shot ENT, hang in there.
- Mar 25 by afoxThank you for the posts, everyone. I never got a notification of the replies! I was thinking worst case maybe going back and doing medical transcription so it looks like you guys were on the same page with dictation type stuff. Fortunately, my ENT was hopeful and wanted to give me more time to recover and it did happen after almost 3 months! I still have limited movement of one chord, so I'm not back to how I used to be, but I have gotten most of my voice back, rarely choke and have been able to resume my old job!