Nurses with disabilities - page 6

I am curious as to how many of the members of this bb are nurses or nursing students with disabilities. By disabilities, I am including congenital problems, injury-related problems, or work-related... Read More

  1. by   IloveSnoopy
    Hi everyone,
    I am sooo sorry to hear that so many of you are suffering..my thoughts are with you!!! I don't know if I can include my disease as a disability...but it sure feels like one to me!!!! I have endometriosis and have pain most all the time from it. During my periods, it literally feels like I am in full blown labor..which makes it almost impossible to work. I've kind of tweeked my work schedule (with my bosses help) so that I'm off on those "bad" days. I also have lingering back pain which is worse right before, during and after my period. I've been told that it is because of implants in the posterior cul-de-sac. I've had two surgeries..and been on countless meds....but the crap just keeps coming back. I just got done with my period and right now the back pain is horrible....I'm sitting here wondering how I'm going to make it thru the weekend at work..snifffle. I know I sound selfish...but it is sooo hard sometimes to care for patients when you feel like crap yourself. Last week, I had one of those patients "that should have been discharged a week ago..but beg the doctor to stay types". Anyways..he was rude and demanding to the nurses, on the light every 3 minutes...basically thought we were there only to care for him and answer his every beck and call. He constantly wanted help with re-positioning.....he'd yell out ..."give me your hand" so I did and he proceeded to try to turn him self..using all his body weight against me...(which was 400 plus pounds I might add). I just had to walk away...ran to the bathroom and started crying because I was hurting so bad. I just don't know how long I can continue to do all this. My problem is that both strenuous activity (i.e med/surg nurse) and sitting down for long periods of time both increase my pain....I guess there's no where for me to be. It is really frustrating for me..I feel like such a failure. Even at home..I feel like a failure...sometimes I'm just hurting too much to do a ton of things around the house. My hubby then gets stuck doing everything and I feel bad about it. Chronic pain is such a terrible thing....it not only affects your job...but every other aspect of your life. Ok...I"m really sorry this got so long...I guess I needed to vent more than I realized. Once again though.....my thoughts are with everyone here that is dealing with a disability. Luv ya all...
    Snoop
  2. by   CHATSDALE
    There Are Different Ways To Use Your Education Don In Nursing Homes Require A Lot Desk Time But Is Not Physically Demanding High Stress Though
    Take A Para Legal Course A Para Legal With Nurses Training Is A Valuable Asset To A Lawyer
    Open Up A Health Care And Employ/supervise Others
    God Bless I Hope Something Opens Up For U
  3. by   healingtouchRN
    My co-worker wears hearing aids & uses a Littman cardiology steth (when she removes her heaing aids) as does a local cardiologist here in town. they can hear the lowest tones, they have mainly trouble with regular speech & background noise.
    Quote from AlishaNHayzley
    I am almost deaf in my right ear and am currently looking for a steth for the hearing impaired if any of you with hearing problems have had any luck please share your preferance. I also have essential tremor and the shaking is alomost too bad to start IV's. My mom has it too though and she says I'll learn to steady it with some practice. Hope so, nothing is like a student nurse coming at you shaing with a needle.
  4. by   mattsmom81
    This thread was an old one..last post almost a year ago and now revitalized...wondering how everybody is doing? BestBlond? Disabled? Healingtouch? Everyone else here? Hope everything is tolerable and check in if you feel like it.

    Me I'm hanging in there but having more difficulty with the job every year. Taking proactive steps to NOT let patients hurt me is a big step...we have to control all the movements and cannot let the PATIENT determine how to transfer or move with our help...invariably we will end up taking the brunt of the weight. Some of them who are set in their ways "Let me hold around your neck", or try to use me as a crane I tell firmly we cannot do that way as it will hurt ME. I refuse to help coworkers pull the patient up without a lift sheet or transfer without a gait belt. It's a constant exercise to conserve my energy and avoid self injury. We must look out for ourselves.

    Am truly considering asking around in LTC for desk positions..although I hate it, the physical end of bedside care is tougher and tougher. Paralegal training for disabled nurses is also a good idea...I may have to bite the bullet there...altho I may feel a bit like a traitor it is a job that is in demand..
  5. by   healingtouchRN
    I have been teased incesantly because I still put a draw sheet on the bed then a pad, I like to be able to seal the bed & keep the mattress in line while shifting the person up in bed without making such a mess. The younger generation is just not doing this...& hospital doesn't like extra linen usage. But it's MY back we are saving. I have already had my back injury (3 months of PT & light duty, whatever that is....). I also hate it when one cannot find help to move the growing amount of obese clients. Last night, we had a fella >350 lbs & another lady >300 lbs. & it takes so much out of us to make these people comfy. I did get the lady a Big Girl bed & ordered the fella one. That helps. As for the issue of not being able to do beside care, I have a dear friend in my dept who has been intubated 3 times in less than a year for her brittle asthma. I have encouraged her to take a QA or case mgmt job, so she can be 7-3 or 8-4, & not push, pull drag foks & work in isolation. It's hard on an asthmatic (I know as I am there!). She may have felt like I was disrepecting her bedside abilities, but it couldn't be further from the truth, she needs to take care of herself. Martyrs ain't no good to her kids & hubby, right? Nor to the client!
    just my opinion-take care & have a great Memorial Day!
  6. by   rosieseattle
    Let's face it. How many of us are going to last an extended period of time, working 12 hours shifts, night shifts, etc. Some medical experts are convinced that night nurses are more at risk for breast cancer. Think about the way that facilities treat nurses that are injured or ill. They want this "crisp" robot that can run their legs off for 12+ hours straight, have a continual smile, and meet all their patients needs. But, what happens when that nurse becomes a patient? I would think long and hard before I took a full-time job with any facility, primarily because of the way they treat you if you are ill or disabled. They promise and promote wellness and caring to the community, but tend to treat their own nurses just the opposite. It would be nice if every nurse could just independently contract themselves out, and facilities would learn to appreciate them for all the hard work they do!
  7. by   renerian
    I have been hearing impaired for about 10 years. I have a hearing aide but I cannot always wear it at work because the phones just make it buzz. I have learned to read lips fairly well. Many people do not realize I am hearing impaired but they can tell quickly if they call me and my back is to them LOL. I have had hearing impaired phones before to help me which made a huge difference. I am 50% impaired in the right and 75% in the left.

    renerian
  8. by   zudy
    Just as an aside, One of our ENT doctors where I work is deaf. He wears hearing aides. He also always wears a button on his labcoat that says, "I'm not deaf, I'm just ignoring you!"
  9. by   lola & lila
    Hi,
    I'm 34 & had my aprox, 6-7-8th hip surgery (Procedures too) in 2001. In 2001 it was totally replaced...childhood birth defect or something they really aren't sure...evryone it soooo totally different for recovery...did you have your doctor RX a note for light duty? It's a try...I can't imagine a hospital giving you a hard time concidering your case.Afterall, they can't be pred.on an employee w/a disability...sometimes the way you word things to them will be enough for them to BACK-OFF.Where are you from?
  10. by   HyperRNRachel
    I have a question related to this topic about a class mate of mine. She is 57,
    walks with the use of a cane, and cannot stand-up for longer than 10 minutes. My concern is that she could complete the program, but what is going to happen when she begins to apply for nursing positions? I know about the disabilities act, but will she even be given a chance to interview if her disability is very evident? What positions will she be qualified to fill in the healthcare field with her ADN other than a floor nurse?
  11. by   Ortho_RN
    Well I just recently found out that I have Narcolepsy.... I was feeling tired all the time, but chalked it up to being a new nurse working night shift... Dr. said nope definatley Narcolepsy and he ordered me to get off of nights.. Which I happily did... But my Unit Manager, thinks its funny to make me work several night shifts during the schedule.. She just doesn't understand how it physically affects me, nor does she care... They do make medication for it, but I am trying to get pregnant, so we are doing the day shift, having a set sleep schedule kinda thing...

    I also have chronic migraines, which Thank god for FMLA!!
  12. by   lola & lila
    Quote from hyperstudent
    I have a question related to this topic about a class mate of mine. She is 57,
    walks with the use of a cane, and cannot stand-up for longer than 10 minutes. My concern is that she could complete the program, but what is going to happen when she begins to apply for nursing positions? I know about the disabilities act, but will she even be given a chance to interview if her disability is very evident? What positions will she be qualified to fill in the healthcare field with her ADN other than a floor nurse?
    I can only say from personal exp.that we have great days...then not so good,but hopefully she will do well.Other than hospital nursing she can try vna or ins companies.They offer employment to rn's (lpn's too) for insurance involvment doing many area even disability claims...these would not be as physically challanging.But, she might surprise you all.....if she wants this BAD, than she will do her very best to go"unnoticed", I did.
  13. by   healingtouchRN
    No way should she do that! You need an excuse not to do nights & use your FMLA is needed! Not funny nor is it safe for the client!!!
    hang in there sweetie, & God speed on your conception! Suz
    Quote from Ortho_RN
    Well I just recently found out that I have Narcolepsy.... I was feeling tired all the time, but chalked it up to being a new nurse working night shift... Dr. said nope definatley Narcolepsy and he ordered me to get off of nights.. Which I happily did... But my Unit Manager, thinks its funny to make me work several night shifts during the schedule.. She just doesn't understand how it physically affects me, nor does she care... They do make medication for it, but I am trying to get pregnant, so we are doing the day shift, having a set sleep schedule kinda thing...

    I also have chronic migraines, which Thank god for FMLA!!

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