I am an RN who has been on disability for 15 years because of a neurological issue. Its doubtful Ill ever be able to return to nursing full-time, though I have aspirations. Would it be wrong for me to seek part-time work as a nursing assistant or home health aides? I would like to assess my physical and mental tolerance and stamina for work.
I am current on my required CEUs and am taking extra ones online at Nurse.com. I also am planning to take a weekend refresher course if it appears I can return to nursing, as you have advised.
Dear Donna replies:
It is not advisable, as an RN, to seek employment as an aide or tech. The main reason is you are held legally responsible to your highest license regardless of your job title or description. Most healthcare facilities will not hire RNs in lower-capacity positions for that reason.
A better idea would be to seek a volunteer position in a healthcare setting now while you take your refresher course and seek paid employment. Volunteering is a good way to ease your way back into the work world and to test your stamina. And volunteering often leads to paid employment.
Be sure to check with your disability counselor before you do any of this.