Injured on the job-very sad - page 2

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I was injured on the job several years ago. I am now considered partially disabled. I have a lifting restriction which is holding me back from getting a lot of jobs. Plus now I can not stand on my legs for hours at a time, get up... Read More


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    Quote from nurse.sandi
    GWinRN,
    Thank you. I have not heard any of my nursing friends or ex coworkers acknowledge that it could happen to them. Thank you again. I needed that.
    Sandi
    You're very welcome. I'm very sorry to hear that. It couldn't have been easy for you though it could be they did realize there but for the Grace of God stood they and thus distance themselves because it touched a nerve. Please feel free to PM me if you should find yourself in need of a supportive ear.
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    Nurse sandi!!!! It absolutely sucks when an employer disrespects u so much that they say it's "your choice" . i was given the same choice in 2006 and i did 2 years of CNA Instructor and then i worked with an agency that sent me on a school nursing assignment and I fell in love!!!!! I have multiple herniations in my lower back and neck. i had a procedure called MUA or Manipulation under anesthesia that allowed me to work as the instructor but now it is not working anymorew but with the school nursing i have worked my way up to clinical supervisor/educator and have never been happier. I believe you will find your "niche" the same way i did!! Faith is a very powerful thing and i will keep the faith with you!!!!:heartbeat
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    Quote from noreenl
    Nurse sandi!!!! It absolutely sucks when an employer disrespects u so much that they say it's "your choice" . i was given the same choice in 2006 and i did 2 years of CNA Instructor and then i worked with an agency that sent me on a school nursing assignment and I fell in love!!!!! I have multiple herniations in my lower back and neck. i had a procedure called MUA or Manipulation under anesthesia that allowed me to work as the instructor but now it is not working anymorew but with the school nursing i have worked my way up to clinical supervisor/educator and have never been happier. I believe you will find your "niche" the same way i did!! Faith is a very powerful thing and i will keep the faith with you!!!!:heartbeat
    Thank you. I get a call every day, but from jobs I just can not do. I can not stand on my legs for 12 hours if I had to. I can not lift over a certain amt. and it is not a lot. I can not bend and squat excessively...like getting up and down out of the chair a million times a shift.

    I went and spruced up my resume online so recruiters would see what I am actually looking for. Will see if that works. I have the experience. Not marketable in nursing education because when this happened I decided I needed out of nursing. So, I did not do MSN educator...like I should have. Could work as a supervisor in LTC. But have not seen any ads for it. If you have any more ideas..feel free.

    Thanks for your support. :redpinkhe Not desperate Sandi yet. So, I have time to find what will fit.
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    have you thought about trying telephone triage/ nurse help line or possibly doing chart review for lawyers?
    I am sorry about your situation, I hope you find your niche soon
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    You mentioned that funds are getting tight. Are you an established client of your state's Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation? Given your educational level, they won't be able to do much to help with your tuition or school fees, but they can help with many other aspects: supplies, equipment you may need to help you work more comfortably and effectively both at home and at work, headhunters who can help you search for jobs and market you to potential employers, even the occasional money for vehicle repairs. In some cases, BVR reps can offer tax credits to employers who hire BVR clients. A good BVR rep is worth his or her weight in gold.

    Keep up the good fight! I'm considered fully disabled (not from any sort of work-related incident, just genetics and bad luck), but accepting a life on disability just isn't in my nature. I may never be able to find an employer who'll accept me, but I'm not giving up without a major fight. Feel free to PM me any time. I wish you the very best of luck!
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    I can understand how you feel. I am only 41 years old and became ill with Fibromyalgia about 4-5 years ago although I did not get an actual diagnosis until 2009. I have been a nurse for almost 15 years. started as an LPN, then earned my ADN while working full time and then obtained my BSN. I was a night-shifter for 10 years and when I first started feeling bad I thought that this was due to night shift, so when a position became available I was able to go to dayshift. Big mistake! It was so hard to get up at 5 am and get to work and then work 12 hours non-stop with hardly a lunch or bathroom break. I worked on Orthopedics/Joint Replacement, which I had grown to love but it requires constantly lifting, assisting, turning, and repositioning patients who are broken or fresh post-op. My fibromyalgia worsened and so did my tardies and abscenses. I had a very caring and compassionate Nurse Manager who really wanted to help me and advised me to file for FMLA so that my absences would be covered. I did this and it was granted. I could take up to 16 hrs a week of intermittent leave due to fibromyalgia. Soon after my Nurse Manager(who is in the National Gaurd) was called to active duty and we were given a new Nurse Manager. I swear that her main agenda seemed to be watching me with a magnifying glass. So began the write-ups for tardies-1-2 minutes was considered late at this facility, no grace period. I tried to work with her and promised to do better. I even went back to night shift and it was easier. Each quarter my tardies were less and less but she still wrote me up. Now mind you, I am a good nurse, never have had a pt complaint, excellent charge nurse and people skills, excellent critical thinking skills, and considered an "expert" on my unit in Orthopedics. I'm not tooting my own horn here, this was written on my evals.

    So in March, I was terminated. I had 5 tardies of no more than 5 minutes. As she fired me she said you are a wonderful nurse but this is the policy. Since my termination, I have been contacted by several former employees who were either fired or "pushed out" after either getting injured on the job or admitting to being sick, ie FMLA. The hospital also fought me for my unemployment and I did not get a dime except my last check. We had to apply for emergency food stamps. I am the major breadwinner in my family and help to support my daughter in college and still have a teenager at home. It took 4 weeks to even get an interview and was at a LTC facility owned by a large corporation, they are hiring more RNs instead of relying on LPNs only.(Probably because they can get by with in these days and times with the economy and job market the way it is). I am very grateful to say that I am now finishing my 3rd week of orientation. I will be on night shift(sigh!), but I took a huge paycut and I will have to pay some pretty expensive health insurance premiums. We did not pay insurance premiums at my former job mostly due to the union in the facility that fights for that stipulation every 3 years.

    I gave this hospital 14 years of the best years of my life and I am still mourning the complete lack of empathy shown to me. I am so excited to get my first paycheck tomorrow after 2 months, although it won't be much it will be something. I am also working on my MSN-ed but am on a break from it right now because I knew I wouldn't be able to do floor nursing much longer. I worked in LTC as my first job and really came to love my residents and I am sure I will again. This company offers a very generous Tuition Assistance Program and encourages upward movement in the company, so I can see myself working a job such as CNA instructor, RN Education Cooridinatoe, MDS and Care Planning... the list goes on. I asked God to show me where I needed to be now. When I interviewed for this position, I told the DON the whole story from beginning to end and she looked at me and said" sounds like someone was picking on you." She also shared that she has fibromyalgia so she understood all of the symptoms that go along with it- insomnia, pain, fatigue,etc. I felt this was my sign! So I am making an effort each day to close the book on my hospital career and let go of bitter feelings and open the book on my new career so I can be the best nurse I can be. I live in Southern WV in a tristate area that is absolutely saturated with Nursing Schools and I consider myself blessed to have gotten an interview and to be hired on the first interview. By the way, this facility has a 7 minute grace period when clocking in for your shift:heartbeat

    Hang in there and remeber that Nursing has many avenues. Some of them we never see ourselves traveling but it just may turn out to be for the best!! God bless you. Lisa
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    Hi Nuse Sandi,
    I am in a very similar circumstance as you are. I was injured on the job. It will be 11 years next month. Unless you go through it, you cannot understand. I also lost everyone and everything. I now live alone, with my three dogs. My husband "didn't want to be marrid any longer", but he was remarried before we were divorced a whole year. I went through years of very deep depression, almost suicidal at times. I had anxiety attacks. I was on huge amounts of pain medications, along with many other medications. I have Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, which started at the injury site, my right ankle, and is now in both legs, my back and my neck. I still get migraine headaches. I have pain in both feet and legs with standing, walking, or sitting with my legs dependant. I now have pain in both hands, except for my last two fingers on both hands.
    It was very difficult for me to realize that my career was gone and I would never be a nurse again. But, I continued to pray and listed for God's voice for direction. After many years of fighting Work Comp, I finally received the treatments that I needed. I have a spinal cord stimulator and an infusion pump. They do not get rid of the pain entirely, but they make it tolerable. I, like you, tried to go back to work, but I could not get a position because I have been out of work for so many years. Therefore, I went back to school in January of 2009 and am getting ready to graduate with my bachelor's degree in December.
    I have faith that I will find a job. I know that it is in God's timing. He is the Author of my faith and the Director of my path. With Him, all things are possible. I am now seriously considering working on my Master's in either Nurse Education to teach at the college or in Administrative/Management. There will also be a serious shortage of Nurse Managers in the future. Maybe that will be my setting.
    I hope that what I said here gives you some level of hope in the future. God is awesome and with Him, you can truly live. :redpinkhe I hope & pray for all the best for you. In His name, FS "Jakesmom42"
    Last edit by jakesmom42 on Jun 19, '11
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    Boy can I relate to how "friends" just dry up and are never heard from again.

    Here's something that at first might sound lousy- but I've done it, and never thought I would. Nursing homes have positions for assessment nurses (MDS nurses) to fill out federally required assessments. They HAVE to have a nurse do these. Most are willing to talk to someone with a bedside background, who has good assessment skills, and is self-motivated. It requires assessing the residents/patients, and entering the data into a computer. Other departments also have sections to fill out, and the whole thing generates info for the care plans. It's a desk job, but still allows for moving around. Generally, the most you have to lift is a chart.

    I've done this position in 3 different cities (between other types of nursing- back in the days when it was commonplace to just do something else when it got boring). And, even though I thought I'd hate it, it's what I did the longest at each of the facilities. Just make it clear that being on call (if required) is dealt with before starting. I couldn't work a shift (unless it was nights, with fewer meds) and then deal with bouncing between shifts and get the assessments done right. I liked doing these. I still got to interact with patients, but didn't go home in agony from pain.

    The worst thing that can happen is not liking it...but having given it a shot.
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    I am a cna I was injured by a patient and it is thank god a small injury but none the less I can't work. I was enrolled in nursing school and was told how will I be a nurse if I can't use all my fingers. I am going to the school before the semester starts to change my courses if I can. For 26 years before I became a nurse I was a mortgage banker I worked hard to change my career to health care and now at 59 I am out on workman's comp. I have been home for 2 mos now and the feeling of being useless is overwhelming. My heart goes out to you. It is a feeling like you don't belong. Good luck to you.
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    I am a home health nurse and was injured transferring my pt from the bed while he was sitting to his wheelchair. I felt terrible pain and a noise while moving him, and cried out "I frigging tore something" tears filled my eyes. That happened a month ago. I have since then been getting worse. I am on ristrictions and work out of the office doing paper work. I am sad and feel useless because it hurts to much to even do that. I am confused because I do not know who I can trust anymore. The workmans comp Dr. told me I had something in my MRI that could not be work related and I found out two days ago that the disease he told me I had, I do not. I am thankful to God that I do not have it and that the Dr. who told me I do not have it is willing to take over my care and find out what is wrong with me. I am scared and the people I work for are very nice and told me they are going to get me a "field case manager" to go to my app. with me if the workmans comp insur. will cover it and the new Dr. who wants to take over my care. I was okay before I hurt myself. Now I am not. I do not understand why they would tell me something untrue and so scary and why they will not just fix me? I am not asking for money I am missing from time I am missing I just want to get the help I need and stop being told my injuries are not work related. What does a field case manager do anyway? I know I have not helped you with your question but home health does require a lot so that is prob not the best place for you as I know from my one year of exper. If you can tell me anything to help me I would be very thankful as I am losing faith in our system.


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