I'm in my first semester of a BSN program with 3 semesters to go. They're traditional semesters, so really, I still have a year and a half to go. My ultimate goal is PNP. I'll have to do an online program after I put in my first year or two as an RN, and then I'll also have to work while I'm in grad school because frankly, we need the money.
But here's my problem.
I've just been dx with anterolisthesis (L4 over L5, and L5 over S1). The radiology report grades it somewhere between a grade 1 and 2. I've only spoken with my chiropractor so far (neuro/spinal surgeon appointment hopefully will be in the very near future), but he has concerns over the idea of bedside nursing for me. Frankly, so do I. I just read what happens in a spinal fusion surgery and I'm terrified. I'd like to put that off as along as possible, if I may.
So...... now what? I know the new grad is destined for med/surg, but for my own health, I need something low impact on my back. I live in a fairly rural area, so opportunities are already limited by that. Can any of you help me think outside the box here? What kind of jobs might be attainable as a new grad BSN that is outside the hospital and LTC? Surely there must be options for those who have limitations physically, right? I'd love it even more if I could break into something pediatrics-related, especially since that's where I'd like to "end up" as an NP.
Anyone out there with words of help or encouragement? I could really use some right now.