As a nurse, your job requires lifting heavy items and being quick on your feet your entire shift. After an injury, you may not be up to these strenuous tasks.
Modified duty is available for California nurses after filing a workers’ comp claim, allowing you to return to work while you heal.
What does modified duty mean?
The Division of Workers’ Compensation wants people to return to their job as soon as possible. When you cannot perform all your position’s responsibilities, your employer will need to consider modified duty. Your workers’ compensation doctor determines what activities you can do safely, and your employer must work within those parameters.
Your modified work should allow you to conduct most of your regular duties and pay no less than 85% of your regular income.
How are duties modified?
Nurses’ job responsibilities vary between departments. When you can return to work, some common duty restrictions include:
- Avoid lifting items over 10 pounds
- Rest after being on your feet for more than an hour
- Avoid sitting for a prolonged time
- Use transfer aids to help patients stand or sit
What happens if your employer does not have modified duty available?
If your employer cannot make modifications that fit your doctor’s requirements, you do not need to return to work. You may be eligible for temporary disability benefits until you can return to work without restrictions.
Modified duty gets you back to nursing after a workers’ comp claim. Working together with your doctor and employer means returning to your job without risking further injury.