Welcome to the Exceptional Nurse Blog! I am Donna Maheady, EdD, ARNP, founder of www.ExceptionalNurse.com, the nonprofit resource committed to inclusion of people with disabilities in nursing. We facilitate inclusion of students with disabilities in nursing education programs and foster resilience and continued practice for nurses who are, or become, disabled. We celebrate abilities, share resources and examples of nurses with disabilities who work with and without accommodations.
ExceptionalNurse.com scholarships awarded to nursing students with disabilities
students with disabilities are increasing in number every year. Disabilities
may include hearing loss, low vision, learning disabilities, limb differences,
paralysis, mental illness and chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and
an education can be a challenge for some students with disabilities. In
addition to routine expenses (tuition, room and board, books) some students may
need to purchase an amplified stethoscope, computer software programs, or audio
books—as well as medications, hearing aids, therapies, special equipment and have
custom alterations made to uniforms and lab coats. Working a part-time job may
not be possible.
Scholarships are available from ExceptionalNurse.com,
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, message boards, a speaker’s bureau, legal resources, social
media, 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 range from $250.00-$500.00.
ExceptionalNurse.com is honored to announce and congratulate
the winners for 2014.
from West Chicago, IL
is attending Olivet
Natasha Brzoska from
Fitchburg State University
Taelor Rempe from
is attending Lewis
Christal Anne Hays
from Anchorage, AK
is attending Pacific
Carolyn Burr from
is attending Grand
Aimee Powell from
Lake City, FL
is attending the
University of West Florida
The ExceptionalNurse.com 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 www.ExceptionalNurse.com.