Saying goodbye to nursing

  1. My situation is this: I graduated from an LPN program in 2012, started my first nursing job and a bridge program, and 3 weeks later my back literally gave out. I haven't worked in nursing since then. I had a spinal fusion, shoulder surgery, foot surgery, and need two more.
    How does one say goodbye to their dream of being a nurse just because your body betrayed you? I breezed through school, it was easy for me, I finally found my calling...and now I don't feel like I will ever be able to practice again (which i won't unless I get my practice hour in to keep my license).
    Where does one go from here? Has anyone found a nursing job that wasn't physical and no previous experience was needed? I tried for medical office positions but had no luck due to lack of experience.
    Is it time to give up? I have a business degree that I could put in use I guess but my heart is not in it at all.
    I know it's a bit of a rant, but I have a decision to make....Stay in my current state and keep hoping that it will work out or move to the other coast, so my husband's career can grow...and I can use all the help in the world.
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    About malarwen, LPN

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  3. by   AJJKRN
    You may find more opportunities for both you and your husband if you move...Is fight tooth and nail to keep my license though, what about placing it in inactive status?
  4. by   caliotter3
    Knew someone with a debilitating physical illness who remained in nursing by working a phone nurse job. Difficult to start out in, but worth the effort before you hang it up. There are also insurance phone type jobs requiring a nursing license. Also advise you to keep your license in an inactive status as you don't know what is around the corner.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    Some insurance companies utilize LPNs/LVNs as telephonic nurse case managers. This role is sedentary and will not require any physicality other than plopping your booty into a chair and repeatedly placing phone calls.
  6. by   Aunt Slappy
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Some insurance companies utilize LPNs/LVNs as telephonic nurse case managers. This role is sedentary and will not require any physicality other than plopping your booty into a chair and repeatedly placing phone calls.
    Problem being that those jobs require experience, and 3 weeks isn't going to cut it. I think moving for your husband's job is your best bet right now, and keep working on your health.
  7. by   magslu
    You are in a tough position, if you have a back problem, sitting at a desk job isn't going to help you anyway. Keep trying for various jobs, not all will require experience. I found that being persistent when looking for work pays off. Don't give up on what you love to do

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