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Time on Feet/Area of Nursing

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The one part of becoming a nurse that I am concerned about is spending a lot of time on my feet. I can handle working the 12 hours; I have before in different jobs - but on my feet?!? My feet are aching at the thought of it. I just need a realistic expectation of what I am in for.

What percentage of time do you spend on your feet and in what area of nursing are you in?

Thanks!

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When I worked in the ER, 92-100% of the time was spent on my feet. The other 8% was when I got a lunch break and got to sit down for an hour, which was most of the time. But I did not sit down for the other 11+ hours. This was in a level 2 ER with 80,000-100,000 patient visits per year.

Now, I work in community health and spend only 15-20% of the time on my feet. This suits me much better. I'm only 22 years old, but those non-stop hours were too much for me to handle. I consider myself to be in excellent shape- I do step aerobics and run 6 days/wk. However, nothing compares to a nursing shift in the ER. I think it has something to do with the mental stress that goes along with the job and contributes to the fatigue that you feel at the end of the day.

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AimeeJo RN specializes in ltc and med surg.

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A few suggestions of where you may be able to spend less time on your feet... Doctor's office for example at group health. Assisted living. In home care. Telephone consulting nurse.

I don't know what is available in your area and the pay may not be as good but there are options. I myself work in home care. Being on my feet all day is not appealing to me either.

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DutchgirlRN has 33 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in OB, M/S, HH, Medical Imaging RN.

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When I worked days on Med/Surg I NEVER sat down except to use the potty or woof down lunch in 10 mins while beeper continued to go off and off again. We did a study at work. We all wore pedometers, we averaged 18 miles in a 12 hour shift. After 6 years I gave up. I'm 51 can't do it anymore.

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Lorelai22RN has 2 years experience as a RN and specializes in Med/Tele.

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I work med/tele and am usually running the whole 12 hour shift except for charting and lunch if I get time for a lunch break! I'm 22 years old but I feel worn out at the end of my shift and for days later because we are so busy! I feel like KatRN about the mental stress.....lol but I am going PRN at my job after Friday and I will be working for an insurance company......busy in some ways but not nearly as much stress on my feet/body! My feet hurt just thinking about it!

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NurseCard has 13 years experience as a ADN and specializes in Med/Surge, Psych, LTC, Home Health.

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I worked as a Med/Surge RN for three years, and some nights I rarely got to sit down, and then some nights my patients weren't as acute and I got to sit down a bit more.

Now I work psych, and I probably am sitting down about 90 percent of the time. I actually miss the physical fitness that came with being a Med/Surge nurse =), but I don't miss the mental stress.

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Medic2RN has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER, IICU, PCU, EMS.

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I work in an ICU stepdown and am on my feet 98-100% of the time on a "12" hour shift. Charting is even in a standing position due to how the computers are set up.

My feet hurt, the next morning I can hardly walk with those puppies throbbing.

Funny I came across this today - I just made a doctors appointment for the very same reason.

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jolleygirl has 34 years experience and specializes in 27 yrs in long term care, 5 yrs office.

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As an LPN in a doctors office I spend 75% of my time on my feet, (The RN's jockey phone calls between pt/doc, pt teaching etc, and are not on there feet nearly as much- it may be different in different specialities.)

In Nursing home (previously), I was lucky to get 30 minute lunch, and was on my feet 90% or more.

Good Luck finding the right job for you.

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I work postpartum. On my feet at least 50% of the time. When in a room for teaching, I try to grab a guest chair. This also contributes to patient's feeling that I took more time with them.

I changed from wearing nursing/athletic shoes to clogs. That has made a world of difference. My feet used to hurt all the time. Especially after I took the shoes off and my feet would swell. No such problems with the clogs. I do need to wear the strap on my heel and I put arch supports in the less expensive models, but that's a small price to pay for the huge increase in comfort.

Just the reduction in the weight of the shoes alone makes a difference. And now, when I kick off the clogs, there is no swelling, no throbbing, no aching.

The side benefit is the cost. Most of mine were $9-15. I have one pair in a hard to find color (that I wear often) that I paid $30 for. That one extravagance aside, I can buy 3-5 pairs of clogs for one pair of athletic shoes. And all those colors . . . .

I wish you well in trying to fing a good fit, both in job and shoes.

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RNinSoCal has 13 years experience and specializes in Home health, Med/Surg.

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I have been wearing a pedometer to work recently and the shortest amount of miles I walk in a day on med/surg is 4.5 and the longest is 7. My feet do hurt when I get home.

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allantiques4me specializes in Brain injury,vent,peds ,geriatrics,home.

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It definetely depends on where you work.

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