Frustrated, Able but Not AllowedSave as Favorite
Hi am a RN with 25+ years experience in NICU/Nursery experience. After successful treatment for plasma cell leukemia (including a stem cell transplant) my doctor says I can go back to work after almost a year off. Because my immunity was wiped out with chemo, I need to be re-immunized. The hospital won't let me back to my current position until my shots are updated and I can prove immunity to all the childhood diseases, esp rubella and pertussis. Live vaccines will not be given for 2 years at least, maybe never. I have no experience in other fields of nursing, so I don't know what to do to get back to work. I applied for a few positions, but have been rejected. Does the hospital have to find me a new position or is it up to me? If I resign, I probably will not get rehired as an RN since I hold a diploma in nursing and not a BSN.
I still suffer from fatigue, back and hip pain resulting in depression too. Working may help the fatigue and depression, but am I fooling myself, thinking I can do what I used to?
I am emotionally spent and just don't know what to do...