Our thanks to Joyce Fiodembo, RN founder of "International Nurse Support" for sharing Carolyn's post with us.
Assess physical readiness
A resume should be created or updated based on work experience and interests. Certifications such as IV, dialysis and oncology should be included along with computer and language skills (bilingual, sign language).
Cast a wide net of career alternatives
Teaching, Case Management, Camp nursing
Telephone services (triage, helpline, poison control hotline)
Consulting, Teaching nursing
Teaching yoga or Reiki
Writing or working for a non-profit organization
Advanced degrees can open doors of opportunity and less physically demanding positions. State vocational rehabilitation programs may be able to help fund educational programs.
Finding a nurse with an amputation who is currently working is ideal. Mentors can be found found through organizations,social media groups and ExceptionalNurse.com.
Reading articles about nurses with amputations can also help to identify role models.
Review Job description
The physical job description for a position should be available from the HR department. A review of the job description and essential functions is needed along with a comparison with the amputee’s abilities and limitations.
Job shadowing a nurse working in the position sought is ideal. Benefits include a clear and honest understanding of the duties required for the position.
Consider need for Accommodation
A review of the job description may identify requirements that will require accommodation. Areas to consider include:
Time spent standing in one place and time spent walking.
Number of bends, squats and kneels.
Environmental factors such as doors (weighted), distance between stations and stairs.
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