Advice for vein/foot problems, RN job options

  1. Has anyone had varicose vein leg and foot problems and found good solutions they could pass on? If you had vein stripping or sclerotherapy, did it solve your problems? Can anyone suggest new RN positions where I would be on my feet minimally for a nurse, and hopefully still interacting with patients?
    I'm a new RN and I am excited to start my first job on the floor in an oncology unit next week but I will be 50 this month. I found working as a nurse tech last summer that I developed varicose vein problems and my feet would hurt a lot even though I tried several shoes. I just bought some "Everywear shoes" that I think will be great and I have sent for thigh high, toeless 20-30mm Hg support hose (had trouble with the pantyhose squeezing my toes and hips) that I hope will work.
    Once I get decent health insurance I think I should get sclerotherapy done.
    Also, I really want to work with patients at least who are conscious and I especially love oncology, but I might have to consider other types of positions where I'm not on my feet so much. Can anyone give me advice on types of positions that I might seriously pursue if the floor nurse thing becomes too difficult with my limitations?
    Thanks a million. I love nursing and want to find solutions!
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  3. by   MPHkatie
    At my hospital, many of the oncology patients come in once weekly for radiation or for chemo. The nurses who work in those areas start the IV's, give the chemo, or get the pt ready for rads. and they have a great deal of patient interaction. One of the qualifications, however, is that you be a decent IV stick, and as a new grad, you probably don't have a lot of experience sticking. However, with the shortage, there's any number of opportunities such as that....
  4. by   KaroSnowQueen
    My hubby has terrible varicose veins to the point they would burst open and literally shoot blood across the room. He does better in jobs where he is on his feet, as the leg motion keeps up the circulation, etc. He wears very supportive shoes and 30-40 mmHg hose, have to be specially ordered by the drugstore.
    He had a job where he sat and or stood motionless most of the day and his legs went to heck.
    Not much help on jobs, I know, but thought I'd pass on the experience, that less motion is bad. He goes to a vein specialist, and that is the advice he was given.
  5. by   PennyLane
    Well, this is not proven, but I have found that for me, taking 400 IUs of Vitamin E really helps take away that aching feeling I get in my legs. I used to wait tables, and I could always tell if I had forgotten to take it. My mom has really bad varicose veins, so I know I'm probably at risk. I never found anything to help my aching feet, though.

    Also Horse Chestnut is supposed to be good for circulation.
  6. by   P_RN
    I found that our floor being carpeted in the halls was much less fatiguing on my legs than when I'd float to the other unit that was tiled. It made a world of difference.
    I wear TEDS, have good support shoes etc. take Ca and Vit E along with MV.
    There is some herbal literature that endorses grapeseed for leg pain. I don't know why it works but Venistat helped. I am not prescribing or anything just for info only.