Sunday, January 13, 2019

EnChroma glasses may help color blind nurses

Over the years, questions have been asked about accommodations for nurses who are colorblind. 
EnChroma glasses may be the answer. This is part of the company's "colorful" story.  

"It all started in 2002, in Santa Cruz, California during an Ultimate Frisbee game. Don McPherson, serial inventor and Ultimate Frisbee enthusiast with a PhD in glass science, wore a pair of specialty eyewear he invented to protect surgeons performing laser surgery. A teammate, having forgotten his sunglasses and noting Don’s stylish frames, tried them on."
“Dude! I can see the cones!” he called out in amazement. As it turns out, his friend was severely colorblind and couldn’t see the bright orange cones marking the game boundaries until that moment.This serendipitous event piqued his curiosity and sparked an idea that would eventually improve the lives of thousands."
"Dr. McPherson soon applied for a grant from the National Institutes of Health to design new lens technology for color blindness and partnered with Andrew Schmeder, a UC Berkeley-trained mathematician who helped crack the code behind the accidental discovery. The duo spent years perfecting the lens technology to create EnChroma, stylish optical grade glasses that reveal color as it is meant to be seen—pure, vibrant, and true to life."
"EnChroma, Inc., founded in 2010, is proudly based in Berkeley, California. Today, EnChroma offers a complete collection of high performance eyewear that combine the latest in color perception neuroscience and lens innovation to enhance vision for colorblind people around the world." 
For more information and testimonials, visit EnChroma at:



Monday, December 10, 2018

Top 10 blog posts about nurses with disabilities in 2018

Let's take a look back on 2018! Here are the top 10 Exceptional Nurse blog posts about nurses with disabilities. 

Andrea Dalzell, Ms. Wheelchair New York and disability advocate becomes a nurse!
 Andrea graduated with a BSN from the College of Staten Island and went on to pass her boards.

                            Can I become a nurse with my 
                                          lower arm missing? 
"My name is Angelica Baeza and I'm a new Nursing 1 student currently attending Orange County Community College in Newburgh, NY. I was born without the lower portion of my left arm....Can I actually become a nurse?" 

Nurses who are d/Deaf: Breaking boundaries and changing perceptions 
 The Royal College of Nursing's magazine reported on the experiences of nurses in the United Kingdom who are d/Deaf.

Seventy one surgeries couldn't stop this nurse with spina bifida
Courtney Mangin was born with spina bifida and spent much of her young life as a patient at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Now she works there!

Marie Scott moves forward as a U.S. Embassy nurse after a spinal cord injury

"Born and raised in the Prague, Czech RepublicI was injured after I qualified as a nurse. At the time of my spinal cord injury (T-12 paraplegia), I was employed by the U.S. government in Prague. The understanding and support I received from the employer and colleagues will never be forgotten."

Exclusive: Nurses with disabilities face discrimination in the workplace
  This report was written by Jo Stephenson and published by the Nursing Times in the UK.

Sian Preddy, first profoundly deaf midwife in Wales

After having two children and a cochlear implant, Sian applied for midwifery training and "never looked back".

Low vision isn't low intelligence
Deven Kelly, a nursing student with diabetic retinopathy perseveres and graduates!

For Cerebral Palsy awareness month: We celebrate Carla Pease, a Nurse Practitioner with CP!

Carla Pease was born with cerebral palsy. She finished her LPN certificate and then finished an RN program. Carla continued on to get her masters in nursing. She is a nurse practitioner.

Access to RN-BSN programs for nurses who use wheelchairs
A nurse who uses a power wheelchair shared this story:
I attended the first week of classes and was told, "you can't be a nurse because you don't meet the college's technical standards." There is a small component of the program that includes a clinical experience and they said I wouldn't be able to participate as, "I must be able to ambulate without any assistive device".
"Isn't this screaming discrimination?"

Happy Holidays!
 With thanks to all who shared and commented.



Friday, November 30, 2018

Princess Alice, born deaf, founded an order of nursing nuns

Princess Alice and her son, Prince Philip

Princess Alice, born deaf in 1885, was the great grandmother of the Duke of Cambridge. A deeply religious woman, she was involved in many humanitarian efforts. She worked for the Red Cross, organized shelters for orphaned children and hid a Jewish family during the Holocaust.

In 1949, Princess Alice founded an order of nursing nuns and moved to a convent on the Greek Island of Tinos.

Want to learn more about this remarkable woman? Click on the link below. Melissa from, the Sign Language Channel, provides a history lesson.

Thank you Melissa and!



Monday, October 29, 2018

Study finds barrier mandates for Operating Room personnel do not reduce infection

On 10.24.18, the American College of Surgeons reported on a study impemented by Dr. Benjamin Kuritzkes and his team at Columbia University.

"The researchers studied 1,122 patients (mean age 52.7 years) who underwent abdominal surgery. Gender and comorbidities were similar. Laparoscopy bowel resection and operating time of three hours or more were associated with SSI--but barrier attire was not. Implementation of the new attire did not significantly impact SSI, hospital readmission, or reoperation."

Interesting questions are raised....."Has OR attire become part of our culture? Something patients expect?"

Additionally nurses with hearing loss may be interested in following this research topic.  

Read more about this study by clicking on this link.



Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Seventy one surgeries couldn't stop this nurse with spina bifida!

Courtney Mangin was born with spina bifida and spent much of her young life as a patient at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Courtney's motto has been, "Just keep swimming". 

And, swim she did! 

She now has a BSN degree and is working in the OR where she was once a patient!

Take a look at the following article and video clips. What an amazing journey! Courtney has a message for everyone.................

You can contact Courtney at

Bravo Courtney! What an inspiration you will be to your patients and to so many others!



Sunday, August 12, 2018

2018 Exceptional Nurse Scholarship Winners!

Nursing students with a wide range of disabilities are increasing in number every year. Disabilities may include hearing loss, low vision, learning disabilities, limb differences, paralysis, mental illness, autism and chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis, lupus and movement disorders.

Financing an education can be a challenge for some students with disabilities. In addition to routine expenses (tuition, room and board, books, uniforms, transportation), some students may need to purchase an amplified or electronic stethoscope, computer software programs, or audio books—as well as medications, hearing aids, therapies, prostheses, special equipment or custom alterations to uniforms and lab coats. Working a part-time job may not be possible.

Scholarships are available from, a nonprofit resource network for nursing students and nurses with disabilities. The organization provides links to disability-related organizations, technology, equipment, financial aid, employment opportunities, mentors, blogs, continuing education, a speaker’s bureau, legal resources, social media groups, research and related articles.

The organization has been awarding scholarships to nursing students with disabilities since 2003. The awards are based on academic performance, letters of recommendation, financial need and an essay which answers the questions: “How do you plan to contribute to the nursing profession? How will your disability influence your practice as a nurse”? The awards this year were $500.00. is honored to announce the winners for 2018!!!
Asia Werner from West Chester, Ohio will be attending the University of Cincinnati's College of Nursing.

Asia wrote, "My hope and desire is to be able to provide the comfort and calm to patients that my nurses provided to me. I want to be able to use my outgoing personality to help make their stays and visits pleasant and even a little fun."

Sydney Belcher is from McDonough, Georgia and will be attending Georgia State University.

Sydney stated, "Children with chronic illnesses often face isolation from their peers and have trouble incorporating their disease into their lives. As a nurse, I will be an advocate for programs and activities for chronically ill children such as hospital school programs, camps and retreats that will improve children's attitudes and increase their self-esteem so they can accomplish goals. Programs such as these also provide a sense of normalcy, which promotes strength, and give children hope for the future."

Charlotte Hepler from Arlington, Virginia is attending the nursing program at Marymount University in Virginia..

Charlotte wrote, "my disability......allows me to approach my patients, especially those with mental illness, with an extra level of empathy and understanding elevating my skills as a nurse...I am able to read a patient's body language to interpret their emotional status and pain in a level which many of my peers are unable to fully recognize...... I view serving others through nursing as the mission of my life's work."

Brooke Rennie is from Red Oak, Texas and will be attending the University of Texas at Austin. 

Brooke stated, "patients don't come in one size fit all packages and neither do nurses. I can use my experiences to relate better to my patients....I know that each of us is unique and I also know that I can bring my unique qualities and gift to the nursing profession."

Congratulations and best wishes to all!!!

The scholarship awards are funded through donations, grants and proceeds from book sales of “The Exceptional Nurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disabilities”, “Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses working with disabilities” and “Nursing students with disabilities change the course”. To make a donation, please visit

The scholarship application can be downloaded at

Appreciate your support!


Friday, July 27, 2018

New York City agrees to pay nurses 20.8 million in discrimination case: Nurses' work now recognized as "physically taxing"!

"New York City has agreed to pay $20.8 million to settle federal discrimination charges made by registered nurses and midwives who said their work was not recognized as "physically taxing," the Justice Department said on Wednesday."

"The New York State Nurses Association union in 2004 began asking the city to give the "physically taxing" designation to nurses and midwives and allowing them the option of retiring at 50."
"After multiple refusals by the city, the union and some members filed complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which investigated the matter and determined there was reason to believe the city had discriminated against the nurses, Justice said in its statement."
Read more about this case: