nurses with disabilities

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    I posted this under the South Carolina forum without a lot of response... and I thought maybe someone here could help me out! Thanks!

    Hi everyone, I am 25 years old and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about a year ago. For about 4 months I have been looking for a new job with no luck. Here is my dilema... I need a desk job. The MS makes my feet and legs numb all the time... and painful when I walk more than 15-20 minutes. The other problem is that I only worked on the floor as a nurse for a year and a half. Therefore, I haven't found a job that I qualify for at all! Everything requires 5 years experience, or other experience I just don't have. The medication I take is very expensive so insurance is a major factor, too. Any ideas? I live in Spartanburg, SC and can't travel far for work. Thanks for your help!

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    Did you check with the State Dept of health? There has to be a position that you qualify for with your RN.
    Just an idea.
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    Look into research jobs. I have 1 year experience as an RN (did a lot of research jobs in my former career, though) and worked PRN for a research clinic at $30K an hour. It was 90% sedentary.
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    Look into case management. Check with insurance companies about that type of work and also case reviews, prior authorizations, etc.

    Telephone triage is a good option if there is a service near you.

    Look into clinic or medical office work. Sometimes there is a position which involves making referrals, returning telephone calls, calling in prescriptions, etc.

    Look into utilization management and quality assurance, as well.
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    I work for a home health agency and there are two RN's that work only in the office and never have to go out on the road. The work 8-5 with an hour for lunch. It is a really good atmosphere and I think you would enjoy it.
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    I hear you!!! I too have research experience and have thought of the sedentary positions. But there is more too battle isn't there besides just the "disability"?

    Sheri:


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