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RN who had two craniotomies

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I am 29 years old RN, have been working for 3 years in Rehab hospital when I had to take a medical leave due to CSF leakage. I have been on medical leave for 8 months now because I underwent two craniotomies this year without any complications. I am still recuperating and my doctor gave me a medical clearance to go back to work in first week of january. My boss was very nice to offer me a part time 16 hours job night shift in neuro rehab floor which is different from the floor i used to work. I know that working in rehab floor requires alot of heavy lifting and boosting patient. Although my surgeon gave me no restrictions with my job I still feel worried about my health. I have been trying to find another job that is less stressful and doesnt involve too much lifting but its very hard to find one. I had interview with Fresenius last week part time outpatient in the clinic and had verbal offer that I got the job and training will start in February. I also applied for school nurse job but I didnt hear from the school yet. My question is how stressful working in dialysis? I am scheduled to go back to work in January in Neuro Rehab floor and would like to see how can I handle working in the floor again. Do you think working in dialysis clinic is less stressful than working in Rehab floor? Thank you everyone

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Different kind of stress. See if you can go shadow for a shift or two to get an idea of how it looks to you.

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How long has it been since your surgery? I had a VP shunt placed in September for intracranial hypertension and although I'm back to doing things and sports I'm still careful. Don't rush your recovery, you might think your ready and your neurosurgeon may think it but you haven't worked the hours post surgery and you will find you'll need a sleep. I took 3months off and I know that's hard financially but your health and well being comes first , work second!!!!

Especially since you had a double craniotomy

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