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RN roles that are NOT as physical

by deneh deneh (New) New

Most RN jobs are physical

  1. 1. Most RN jobs are physical

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I worry about being an RN though due to my already painful injuries that would make bedside work very difficult to do at length. I have read about telework, but it is my understanding that it takes a lot of prior experience to get into a position doing that....

Question... What kind of work can an RN do that does not require them to do extremely physical work?

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

1. Radiology suites

2. Director of staff development

3. Case management

4. Wound clinician

5. Unit manager

6. Director of nursing

7. Chief nursing officer

8. Assistant director of nursing

9. Marketing liaison

10. Insurance advice nurse

11. Telephone triage

12. Psychiatric intake nurse

13. Instructor at a trade school

14. Nurse educator

15. Staffing coordinator

However, all of these positions require highly physical experience as a bedside nurse. Good luck to you!

radiology/special procedure nurses may have to help with lifting or positioning, moving a patient from stretcher to table and back again. wound management may involve bending over, lifting limbs, or turning patients. otherwise, thecommuter has it right, as you knew she would: you can't expect to make much progress to nonclinical employment as a nurse without some evidence of experience in the clinical area, and you won't get that without doing some sort of bedside care.

or you could get a job in a derm clinic right out of school. that won't lead to the rest of the above list, but it should keep you out of heavy lifting. or try for nicu-- their patients are teeny.


Specializes in NICU.

GrnTea is right that you won't have lifting in the NICU, but you will still be on your feet a lot. You will have to push around heavy, wheeled equipment and you may occasionally have to run like hell for a precipitous delivery or a neonatal code or just a bad brady.

If you work in extended care home health, you can get a night shift job with a teeny weeny and may spend most of the night watching the itty bitty sleep. Some parents do not want you to change the baby's diaper until just before you leave in the morning and they may ask that you keep the lights off; if baby is stable, and they provide a nice rocker for you, a relaxing job (as long as baby does not have a crisis).

You can try Occupational Health. No lifting involved, just a lot of paperwork and faxing. Telephone triage is another one that does not involve any lifting.