Dear needs a trach,
I agree with Beth totally...first you need to take care of your health!
I applaud your commitment and continued interest in working as a nurse.
Just think of how many people you could have a positive impact on. What a role model!
Honestly, I don't think acute care will be an option. But, I have a few alternative options for you to consider.
Facilitate an online support group for people with trachs.
Develop educational materials for patients and families.
Provide online training to families with technology dependent children.
Work for a tracheostomy equipment vendor…. Make recommendations/answer patient questions regarding supplies and equipment.
Work for an insurance company doing case management.
Write a book about your experiences as a nurse and patient.
Work for a non-profit such as the American Cancer Society or Lung Association.
Write a blog for people with tracheostomies or health care professionals.
Start a nonprofit to assist patients and families.
Teach nursing online.
Develop continuing education programs for nurses, respiratory therapists and first responders regarding tracheostomies, tracheostomy care and emergency interventions.
Tutor nursing students online.
Work for a camp for children with tracheostomies.
Consult with school districts about services/inclusion of children with trachs in schools
Please get involved with other nurses with disabilities. They can offer you so much support!
I wish you all the best and please feel free to contact me at any time.