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5 work options for nurses with joint pain

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Whether you have joint pain because of arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, an injury or an infectious disease, you no doubt sometimes find it a challenge to do your job.

After all, nursing can involve a great deal of physical work. You’re lifting and turning patients, you’re standing for long periods of time and you’re likely engaged in many repetitive motions that worsen any joint pain you already have.

It might be time to consider tweaking your career path so that you engage in tasks that are easier on your joints. Here are five work options to consider.

1. Teaching
You’ll likely need a master’s degree, and it also helps if you have a clinical specialty. You could teach at a college, university or school of nursing. Some institutions offer distance education programs so you could even teach online and not have to commute every day.

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Cynthia Dusseault

Cynthia Dusseault is a professional freelance writer with both a health and an education background. A former medical radiation technologist and elementary school teacher, she realized that no matter what she did, she was drawn to any task that involved writing, so she decided, over a decade ago, to write full-time. Since then, she has written for a variety of magazines and websites including Nursing PRN, National Review of Medicine, University Affairs, Your Health, Education Leaders Today, Today's Parent, Children's Playmate, and many more. She has written about topics such as asthma, genital herpes, circumcision, teleradiology, body art, learning disabilities and exercise trends, and she absolutely adores the fact that writing—particularly doing the research for the articles she writes—makes her a lifelong learner.

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6 Responses to 5 work options for nurses with joint pain

  1. Matthew

    Wound care nurse , forensic death investigator, legal nurse after reading this article these three came to mind quickly. I as a homecare nurse disagree with being in a joint saving career, very often home bound patients are very larbe and often whenPo you have to do some changing in position there is no one to called and ask for help. You are truely on your own.

  2. Your name

    Hope ful site for nursing profession.

  3. DCRandRN

    Adult Medical Day Care

  4. Lauralea RN

    Be a civil service nurse, work with Medicaid programs, the disabled, utilization review, audits and investigation, licensing and certification – mostly from behind a desk. These are county and state positions and require that you will have apply and go through interviews multiple times, be rejected a few, but tenacity is a quality needed. Scrape up or borrow the cash, and continue your education. Nurses with BSN’s and masters can find work. I agree with homecare, if a patient is not home bound and where they are supposed to be, the visit is canceled. If there are very large wounds on a vac, 2 or more nurses are assigned. If your agency will not do this, find another. If you have excellent IV skills, homecare IV is an excellent job, you will meet many people with RA or other types of arthritis, and they are exceptionally grateful to have you come to their home. I have severe arthritis and a disabled child and homecare was a perfect fit.

    • Lauralea RN

      Also, if you work for an agency that leaves you with “no one to call for help”, it is a bad agency. There are no emergencies in proper homecare, if there are, you call 911.

  5. karmen

    I don’t think she meant in an emergency situation. I was a home health nurse for a while. I had patients that required wound care on sacral wounds, I/O caths, required weigh ins (which in some cases I had to assist onto a scale). In a hospital, I would call for a coworker for assistance. That’s not an option in home care.