Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Let's celebrate nurses with disabilities during Nurses Week

This slide show was created, over 9 years ago, by www.ExceptionalNurse.com, as a tribute to nurses with disabilities for Nurses Week.

It features nurses from all over the USA who have various disabilities. The show is a celebration of ability!

For those included in the slide show, please update us.



Saturday, April 13, 2019

Examples of reasonable accommodations for nursing students with disabilities

Often nursing students with disabilities ask, "What accommodations or adjustments can I request?" Some students are unaware of what is possible. 

"The appropriate academic adjustment must be determined based on your disability and individual needs. Academic adjustments may include auxiliary aids and services, as well as modifications to academic requirements as necessary to ensure equal educational opportunity. Examples of adjustments are: arranging for priority registration; reducing a course load; substituting one course for another; providing note takers, recording devices, sign language interpreters, extended time for testing, and, if telephones are provided in dorm rooms, a TTY in your dorm room; and equipping school computers with screen-reading, voice recognition, or other adaptive software or hardware" (U.S. Department of Education, 2011, para 12). 

But what about accommodations or adjustments specific to nursing students?

Nursing students and campus disability services staffers were asked, "What accommodations have been provided to nursing students with disabilities?" The responses included the following:
     Note taker for lectures 
Extra time for review of charts in clinical
Extra time for tests
Distraction free testing
Reader for exams
Frequent breaks
Audio books, Audio recording 
Extended or open-ended time for demonstration of skills
Second person to be the "other hand" during a catheterization
Wearable microphone connected via Blue Tooth to hearing aids
Amplified/electronic stethoscope
FM system for clinical
Sign language interpreter
Service dog       

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (2011). Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities. Retrieved on April 12, 2019 from https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html


P.S. Please feel free to add to this list.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

SafeNClear "The Communicator Mask": A continuing education program for nurses

Want to learn more about The Communicator Mask and earn 1.0 ceu? Here is your chance to learn from the creator of the mask, Dr. Anne McIntosh, President of SafeNClear!

Upon completion of this self-paced continuing education program, the participant will be able to:
Identify needs of patients with hearing loss
Recognize the importance of facial expressions for visual communicators
Identify ways to avoid muffled speech
List common characteristics of sign language users 

Compare and contrast masks with clear windows to 
        traditional masks.

Dr. Anne McIntosh has a BA in Speech Communication from UNC Chapel Hill, an MA in Interpersonal Communication from University of Montana at Missoula and a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of Texas at Austin.

ExceptionalNurse.com is a State of California, Board of Nursing continuing education provider No. CEP14352

The cost of the program is $10.00 (click on Paypal link). Proceeds help to support our scholarships to nursing students with hearing loss. When payment is received you will receive a link to a power point presentation and other materials. 
Please complete the Post-Test (a score of 80% is required to pass) and the course evaluation form and email both to ExceptionalNurse@aol.com.
If a passing score is achieved, your certificate will be sent back via email.
Here's to clearer communication!


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Nurses with disabilities: Learning to write with your non-dominant hand

A member of a group of disabled nurses asked fellow nurses with disabilities for suggestions on how to learn to write with your non-dominant hand. Nurses may struggle with this challenge from a tremor disorder or following a stroke, amputation, injury, arthritis, or other disabling condition. These are some of the suggestions offered by the group. With your non-dominant hand:

Practice, practice, practice 
Trace letters and shapes in a children's book.

Be persistent 
Color with crayons.

Keep a sense of humor
 Do crossword puzzles to practice block printing.

Be determined 
Write big and slowly.

 Use a white board which allows for easy erasing/correction. 

Don't give up!
 Join an online group of people with a similar challenge.

Be patient with yourself 
Keep a journal of your writing for a record of your progress.

 Explore YouTube for helpful videos.

Remember you are a nurse...you got this one!!



Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Honda Classic: Guess the number of birdies and you could win a car and help the Exceptional Nurse scholarship program

Hello all friends and supporters!

Make a $20.00 donation and guess the number of birdies at the Honda Classic. You could win a car and help the Exceptional Nurse scholarship program.

Make sure to click on the link to the Exceptional Nurse donation page:

With thanks in advance!!


Sunday, February 17, 2019

CEU program: Teaching nursing students with disabilities: From student to practicing nurse

Teaching nursing students with disabilities: From student to practicing nurse

At the completion of this program, the learner will be able to:

Identify accommodations for a student with hearing loss.
Describe accommodation for student who uses a wheelchair.
List accommodations for a nursing student with vision loss.
Identify resources that can assist students with disabilities.
Develop a plan for a nursing student with a disability from student to practicing nurse.

This self-paced home study course includes a copy of the book:
"Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses working with disAbilities" by Donna Maheady, APRN, EdD. 

ExceptionalNurse.com has been accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the State of California BOard of Registered Nursing, BRN provider number 14352, for 4.5 contact hours. Learn more at:



Monday, February 4, 2019

For Black History Month we celebrate the achievements of nurses with disabilities

Cassandra Dobson, DNSc, MSN, BSN
As a child, Cassandra Dobson was hospitalized in a severe sickle cell crisis. She recalls talking with God and saying, Get me out of this big guy and I'll become a nurse! 
And, that is exactly what she did. She became a nurse, professor, author and tireless, award winning advocate for patients with sickle cell disease. She is also an advisory board member of the Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network. 

Andrea Dalzell, RN, BSN

Andrea Dalzell, Ms Wheelchair New York and disability advocate became a nurse. "Whether it was passing finals with the highest grades, receiving exemplary feedback from patients’ families or simply figuring out a way to accomplish her daily responsibilities from her chair, Dalzell has done more than just show she can be a nurse; she has proven she can be an excellent one."

Kim Ketter, RN and Shaun Rivers, RN

Kim Ketter and Shaun Rivers are twins and nurses from Richmond, Virginia.They were diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and heart failure at 40 years of age. They both serve as Heart Failure Ambassadors with the American Heart Association. 

Helen Lindsey, BSN

"Living life as a Quadruple amputee has been amazing. God is using me for this journey to help others. 25 years as a Amputee. Still standing."
Helen lost her arms and legs to bacterial meningitis but not her passion for helping others. She is an Army veteran who received her BSN from Winston-Salem State University.
She is working toward getting her nursing license back. Helen will be the first student in the state's nursing re-entry program to have a disability to this extent.

Kellye Nelson, RN, BS
Kellye Nelson was identified with a severe hearing loss at the age of two."With the help of hearing aids, she attended mainstream schools in Montgomery County, MD. Nelson received a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University...Nelson is a Nurse Clinician at Johns Hopkins Hospital and also is a clinical instructor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing".

Latisha Anderson, RN

 Latisha Anderson calls herself an “RN on wheels,” a healer who uses a wheelchair, a caretaker who rolls among the sick. Skeptics told her she would never make it as a paraplegic nurse – turning patients, drawing blood and navigating the fast-moving stress of a hospital without a working set of legs. 
But Anderson surprised them. She finished nursing school. She found work in psychiatric units, a veterans hospital and a senior center. She earned her graduate degree online and drove to Arizona by herself, collecting her diploma while seated in her manual TiLite. Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article14510942.html#storylink=cpy
Bravo to all of these nurses!  They will be part of history...