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On Medical Leave and Unable to Return

Lee_RN Lee_RN (New) New

I am PRN and have been on LOA for medical reasons for 4 months. My doctor won't allow me to return to bedside nursing without restrictions and my manager can't use me with restrictions. They have been patiently waiting for me to return but are at the point that they will probably let me go. Should I leave first or let them let me go? How do I explain this when I am able to look for work again? I have been with this company for almost 5 years now and don't want to leave.

Thanks in advance.

Edited by Lee_RN

I would say have a conversation first with your doctor about the restrictions and how long or if they are permanent, and then I would talk to your manager and let them know, if they want to keep you they may be willing to work with the restrictions, or come up with alternatives. I would be inclined to leave, if you have to on your terms and with good rapport. Good luck.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Has 9 years experience. Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

This isn't unusual in the world of floor nursing. I would have a conversation with your manager, express your desire to return when restrictions are lifted, tell them how happy you have been at your job and ask if you can contact them for reinstatement/rehire when the time comes. If you left in good standing the answer will be yes and all will be well. The important thing here isn't being fired versus giving notice, it is having open communication and coming up with a plan together with your manager.

Get well soon.

Can't you try to get on disability- short or long term? Or unemployment benefits? I think quitting would disqualify you... I would not quit.


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