What Jobs in Nursing Can I do if I Have Physical Limitations?
For information about how to get a job or get through school, contact your State Vocational Rehabilitation Program. and Job Accommodation Network. There are more and more nursing jobs for people with physical limitations. Here are some suggestions:
- Legal consultation (training is available on-line)
- Lactation consultant
- Occupational health
- Psychiatric or mental health nursing
- Case management
- Triage at a home care agency
- Quality assurance reviews
- Chart reviews for a nursing home
- Drug reviews or physical exams for insurance companies
- On-line teaching for masters or doctorally-prepared nursing faculty
- Protocol reviews for research projects
- If you want part-time, interview only for part time or find another nurse who can share the job with you.
- While you are looking for a job:
- Do not let your license lapse. You cannot practice without a renewal, which generally involves taking a refresher course requiring clinical hours.
- Keep up with your continuing education credits (CEUs) if required by your State Board of Nursing.
- Think about going on for an advanced degree so that you may teach part time at a community college or in a CNA course.
For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.
Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.