Can you advise this potential student nurse?
”I am a graduate, middle aged and considering returning to education to train to be a nurse.
“I’ve been invited to interview for an accelerated graduate course, but before I leave a stable job (and possibly endure the financial hardships of nurse training!) I would appreciate feedback from existing nurses or trainee nurses on the physicality of the job and personal opinions on nursing as a career choice for someone like me.
”I have a work related upper limb disorder, not visible, but it does affect me occasionally. I have some discomfort (not pain) but it is mostly manageable in a non-physical profession.
”I have foraminal stenosis at the cervical vertebrae, lifting heavy objects (particularly over my shoulders/head) can be challenging sometimes and can induce a nerve inflammation flare up that last for six to eight weeks and results in considerable pain. My last significant flare up was three years ago.
”I have consulted a doctor, but would be interested in hearing what nurses have to say.”
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