I ask this because I have mild scoliosis and have had chronic back pain since I was a child. Standing for any period of time absolutely kills me, so unfortuately I know I will be in pain wherever I work. But the OR is where I am interested in working and I spent 7 hours there shadowing and was about in tears by the end of the day. My back was screaming and my feet were in pain and every muscle was tense.
If I were to work there, would I have the ability to leave and take a break (AKA sitting down or stretching) for several minutes when I need it?
What do you do to prepare yourself for hours of standing? Do you adjust to it? How does your feet take it?
Also, what are the hours like? Are you usually on a set schedule and know you what days you are free ahead of time?
The reason I ask is because I have horses and they are a lifelong hobby and also investment of time and money.
I want to find a career in nursing supports my love of the outdoors and allows me to "have a life" and not be a slave to my job (meaning, an ideal schedule that allows me to still get outside & away from work). I want to have time to ride, go to barrel races, care for my animals, and enjoy my life. I'm very open to all areas of nursing, so please give me your thoughts.