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Disabled and want to be a nurse


I am disabled and feel it's my calling to nurse. I have degenerative back disease and mental illness. I went to nursing school but was unable to graduate when I was diagnosed mentally ill. That was when I was 21. I am now 32 and stable. I'm concerned about being able to stand for Long periods of time however. Will I be able to find a sitting nursing job??? Thanks for replying!!!

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

Hello, and welcome to Allnurses! We're glad you're here and hope your association with us will be a long and happy one.

To answer your question, a lot depends on your physical and mental capabilities now, as opposed to when you were younger. I don't know what type of mental illness you have, but being stable is a great start. The only thing that concerns me is your wanting to find a sitting nursing job; first of all, as you know you have to get through clinicals, and you won't be sitting down much then. You are also probably going to have to pay your dues and do some time as a floor nurse before you get into a management, advice nurse, or insurance company positions. (Those are a few of the type of nursing jobs I can think of that involve working from a desk.)

Is your disability all due to your back problems? Have your doctors evaluated you for possible treatment via surgery or other means?

Just a few things to think about. I wish you well whatever you decide to do. Keep us posted!