Hi Nurse Beth,
I am currently in nursing classes for my LPN. We have not yet started clinicals. My question is can medical restrictions such as not able to lift more than 50 poundsds ban me from continuing on in nursing? I don't want to work in a nursing home, I was wanting to be a nurse case manager and can't see why I should be discriminated against.
Dear Can’t Lift 50 lbs,
Many jobs have “Able to lift 50 lbs” as a job requirement for bedside nurses and even some non-bedside nurses (as you may have to help lift in an emergency). It’s not job discrimination, it’s liability for the organization.
Your goal is to be a nurse case manager, but in my experience, case managers require some nursing experience before going into case management.
Since most LPN roles are at the bedside, and you will be faced with this requirement, have you thought about getting your RN? This may be the best route to a job with no lifting requirements.