Need return-to-work advice
By seabee on 03 Oct 2012
Hello everyone - I work as a nurse in a busy intensive care unit. My shifts are 12 hours long and require a lot of standing and walking. Frequently I work 2 or 3 shifts consecutively. I do occasionally need to lift heavy items such as portable monitors, IV pumps, or "boost" and turn patients in their beds. Does anyone have any insight as to how long I should expect to recover before I can comfortably and safely return to work? I am in pretty good shape now, exercise regularly and do primarily strength training. I just don't want to be stressed out about returning to work before I am ready. I am also thinking of waiting to get the surgery until I return to school a little over a year from now and just quit my job a little sooner than I would otherwise. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!