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Patient care positions that require limited walking?

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by brendan brendan (New) New Student

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Hi!

Could anyone recommend some patient-facing careers/positions that don't require much/as much time on your feet as a typical nursing job might require?

My girlfriend is currently an MA, but an issue with her leg has made the demands of her current position / any similar position a little more than she can handle. The problem is, direct patient interaction (especially kids/elderly) is what she was born to do!

Any recommendations / tips are extremely appreciated!!!

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Wow, I can't think of anything. I've worked as a nurses aide, and as LPN for many years. It takes alot of walking. You get done with one patient and you have to,move on to the next one. Maybe your GF needs to move out of medical, into something else, maybe like office work , Secretary, or answering the telephone for some business.,.

Nursing generally requires you to be on your feet. And quick too. Be fast on your feet. 

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I have worked as an LVN since 1983 and spent much of that time in private duty pediatrics providing skilled nursing services to one patient at a time through a nursing agency who handle billing and staffing issues. I can decide how far I am willing to drive, what lift limit I want to put on my body and what shift I prefer. Once you find a case that is a good fit it can be quite nice. Have been with my current patient just over a year. Cute little 3 year old who walks on his own so minimal lifting. I drive 5 miles to his house from mine and work 7am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Many days he will nap for 2-3 hours of my shift. Those are my Netflix days and ordering from doordash😊    

Hospice also uses LVNs to care for patients at end of life for twelve hour shifts if the patient needs frequent nursing interventions to manage symptoms. That is also done through agencies usually although some large hospices will sometimes have their own nurses hired for that level of care. Think outside the box. I raised 4 daughter's working through agencies as a private contractor for decades. Best of luck to your girlfriend. 

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marie.rn2419 is a RN and specializes in ICU.

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Acute care dialysis? Or clinic dialysis? They are usually tied down for as long as it takes to run someone... Just a thought

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19 hours ago, Nursee1234 said:

I have worked as an LVN since 1983 and spent much of that time in private duty pediatrics providing skilled nursing services to one patient at a time through a nursing agency who handle billing and staffing issues. I can decide how far I am willing to drive, what lift limit I want to put on my body and what shift I prefer. Once you find a case that is a good fit it can be quite nice. Have been with my current patient just over a year. Cute little 3 year old who walks on his own so minimal lifting. I drive 5 miles to his house from mine and work 7am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Many days he will nap for 2-3 hours of my shift. Those are my Netflix days and ordering from doordash😊    

Hospice also uses LVNs to care for patients at end of life for twelve hour shifts if the patient needs frequent nursing interventions to manage symptoms. That is also done through agencies usually although some large hospices will sometimes have their own nurses hired for that level of care. Think outside the box. I raised 4 daughter's working through agencies as a private contractor for decades. Best of luck to your girlfriend. 

That's great. I,wish something likevthat were available around here. But I'm retired now any way. I really don't want yo go back to work . got too many old aches and pains now.,

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I have found the best position for no walking is night shift respite care in extended care home health.  Most of the time you spend the bulk of the shift sitting in a rocking chair (if you're lucky), observing your patient (usually a stable at night child) while they sleep.  You can't get much more sedentary than that.  You can ask the agency to place you with this type of case, but these positions are coveted and don't come open very often.

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I work in Community Health and it is definitely less walking than a hospital job. Even when I teach a class to a group of patients— that could be done sitting. 

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Snatchedwig has 12 years experience as a ADN, CNA, LPN, RN and specializes in Medsurg.

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Admission nurse

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AnnaFender specializes in ER Trauma.

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Hey no offense LPN RETIRED...but that's the type of response that makes me hate nurses! Shame on you...tell your MA gf to apply at a private clinic or a pain clinic...

there are many places that offer a variety of working conditions or  being exposed to negative people who enjoy insulting others for wanting to spend their working hours not being miserable.

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Uh, guys, she's not a nurse yet. She'd have to get through nursing school clinicals and probably a year at the bedside before any of these jobs being mentioned are possible. If she's an MA, and I could be wrong here, it's likely she's in an office position and if that is too physical for her I can't see how she'll get through school much less work at the bedside. 

To the OP. If it's patient interaction she likes and she's interested in going back to school maybe something like social work but even some of those jobs require a fair bit of being on your feet.

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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1 hour ago, AnnaFender said:

Hey no offense LPN RETIRED...but that's the type of response that makes me hate nurses! Shame on you...tell your MA gf to apply at a private clinic or a pain clinic...

there are many places that offer a variety of working conditions or  being exposed to negative people who enjoy insulting others for wanting to spend their working hours not being miserable.

Maybe I'm missing something, but what was so all-fired offensive about what was written??

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AnnaFender specializes in ER Trauma.

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If she is an MA how does that equate that she wont get thru school if she doesnt enjoy her current working conditions which could be overloading to her? How many times have you witnessed Techs or MA's expected to do all the grunt work because no one else wants to or believes because they are more educated shouldnt have to? We dont know what her typical day is like to judge her as being incapable of anything.

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