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On the Job Injury and Career


Specializes in Float Pool - A Little Bit of Everything. Has 6 years experience.

Hi All,

As many of you know, I am in grad school and recently changed my major to get out of nursing through a VA program for disabled veterans. I was injured pretty badly on the job, I don't want to go into details yet, but it was through no fault of my own, I am in horrible pain, and I did file workman's comp. I have had A LOT of problems with my company and the insurance adjuster, so I am seeking legal help. When I say A LOT, I want to highlight A LOT. A whole lot to the point it is triggering my PTSD.

My question is from a professional stand point: if I throw in the towel on working altogether and just attend grad school for the year I have left, do you think it would negatively affect my resume and career options in healthcare administration? I would like to volunteer at my local health department to keep something on my resume, but I am so beyond done right now. I have little to no sanity left and now my physical health is shot. I feel like if I keep trying with this field I am going to lose my marbles.

EDIT: Just want to specify I am on light duty. Duty that is not really accommodating to my injury and doctors orders, part of the reason I am getting an attorney.

Thank you for your advice!

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 9 years experience.

I would think that if you are a full time student and are volunteering, that mitigates a "gap in employment" on your resume. I was unemployed, going to school and pregnant and that was not a problem when I went to look for a job.


Specializes in Float Pool - A Little Bit of Everything. Has 6 years experience.

Thank you, that is exactly what I was looking for an answer on. I love volunteering because I still get to help people :-)