Need advice

  1. Hi, I am a new member and thought that I would ask you all for some advice. I worked on a orthopedic/neurosurgery/stroke floor and hurt my back lifting a heavy patient. I know have a herniated thoracic disc and the surgeon is placing me on permanent lifting restrictions. I need to find a new job, but all I have ever done is floor nursing. I know there are lots of options out there but I'm just looking for some suggestions. I am a RN with a BSN and have 5 years of floor nursing experience. Thanks
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  3. by   Ms.Hobbes
    Ever thought of going into teaching or some time of patient education job?
  4. by   dianah
    How about research? I work at a VA hospital, in the cath lab, but there are several nurses hired who help w/research projects conducted by the Cardiology dept. I've only been working at the VA for three months, so I'm not sure what-all they do (I know they see pts @ times) but you might check into it.
    Nurse Recruiter?
    Good luck finding another niche in nursing. Let us know how things go. -- D
  5. by   jemb
    How about ambulatory nursing? Specialty clinics (oncology, nephrology, etc) and urgent care clinics need RNs.
  6. by   sjoe
    telephone advice nurse
    school nurse
    case management
    infection control
    staff development
    public health
    Last edit by sjoe on Aug 12, '03
  7. by   gwenith
    All great suggestions but in the meantime and for your fellow RN's please lobby your hospital about introducing a "no lift policy" It is cheaper to introduce than most realise and it might have saved you from this problem.
  8. by   live4today
    How on earth did you think that you could lift another adult...heavy or not?

    Now that you have done the UNthinkable, I hope your health improves to its optimal best.

    Nurses are notorious for bending, lifting, pulling, and pushing all the wrong ways. Many nurses do NOT use PROPER body mechanics while at work.

    Nurses.....there is only ONE of you, so why risk the only YOU that you are for body injuries that disable you physically?

    This is what I mean about saying NO to the abuse in nursing! STOP IT nurses, stop it!!! WE deserve soooooooo much better than what we fathom about our worth as individuals. If we respect ourselves as human beings, then we wouldn't act like we are SuperNurse while at work and eventually lead us to situations like this. I know firsthand because I thought I could move a bed by myself in 1995, and pulled a muscle in my back. Granted the discomfort was temporary, but that taught me a lesson.

    My shoulder injury was NOT related to nursing (I don't think it was anyway ), but to a sports injury. Now when I work, I protect my bones, muscles, skin, and other organs to the best of my ability. I am the FIRST patient on my list of patients to care for each shift I work. If I can stay fit and in one healthy piece, then all the more ME I can give to my patients and peers.

    I hope you are able to find nursing work that keeps you from injuring yourself again. God speed to you my dear! :kiss
    Thank-you everyone for the suggestions. I agree the no-lift policy is soo important- injuries are a ongoing problem. Unfourtanetly this lady was on the floor, couldn't get up herself, and we had no lift machines to help us- so 12 of us employees and security had to get her up. I will keep you all updated on my search.