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by historylady historylady, MSN, RN (New Member) New Member Nurse

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I have arthritis and fibromyalgia (and a few other things).  Needless to say I have chronic pain. Some days are good days and some days are not so good, needless to say to don't move as fast as a used to.  The problem I have is that I don't know to what point my slower mobility will effect my ability to provide optimal care for my patients.  I am currently a floor nurse on a medical/surgical unit. Supervisors have questioned me about not being able to to do my job because there are days when a I move slower than other or limp. I can walk but I don;t more slowly than before. 

I am looking at getting off the floor and into some other specialties.  What specialties are out there where my slower movement will not be a factor? I have 7 years of home health, 2 1/2 years LTC/ Post acute/rehab and about 3 months medical/surgical.  I have my MSN in nursing education but I am finding that they what lots and lots of acute care experience to be a nurse educator, to teach, or be a case manager.   Office based positions are few and far between. What other specialties are there that I could do where being slower moving when I walk would not be an issue?  (I don't hobble I just walk at a slower pace)

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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Have you looked into staff development? It seems a little easier to get into than academic education. 

Mother options may be looking at a work from home position or an ambulatory setting that just seems more relaxed than acute care. 

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Perhaps telework for an insurance company, triage /phone work?  I don't know much about it but I know others who have done this.  The pace can be frantic mentally but not physically.  Also employee health, used by bigger businesses?

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