I'm a relatively 'new' RN (~2 years experience) with a back injury (herniated disc) I acquired from an on the job injury. I'm being treated for it through work and have no complaints about that - I have gotten great care, albeit extremely slow.
But I'm terrified to go back to work as the time approaches. I'm worried about re-injuring myself or injuring myself worse and being completely unable to work or needing surgery or worse. My doctor told me I should really consider thinking about my career path and get out of nursing.
I'm looking for alternate things I can do with my nursing degree (all my experience is in critical care; I also have a generalist MSN that I did as it was the quickest way to become an RN) - things that are alternatives to bedside nursing that are not so hard on the body.
I know that 2 years isn't that much experience in the whole grand scheme of things, but I figure it might help to get my foot in the door somewhere.
Any suggestions/leads/ideas? thanks
Aug 12, '12
Teaching, case management, legal reviews, research.....just some ideas. Take care-a lower back injury is why I left the bedside and am now a FNP student. I wish you the best & let yourself take the time to heal!
Last edit by kakamegamama on Aug 12, '12
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