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.
No surprise….I read Elizabeth
Scala’s new book through the lens of being an advocate for nurses with
disabilities. While reading I paused often to ask, “How could a nurse or
nursing student with a disability use this message?
The simple answer is that the book
applies to all nurses—those struggling to remain in their current place of
employment as well as those who are carving out new paths—particularly nurses
with disabilities who are struggling to adjust to providing nursing care in new
and different ways.
Are you holding on to the nurse you
used to be prior to an illness, injury or disabling condition? Elizabeth
teaches the reader that letting go can allow energy to flow and movement to
occur. Letting go can also free us from pain. She teaches us to go “within to
Reading the book will help you connect
to your authentic self, your best nurse, and help you use your skills, talents
and abilities to create the experience of your dreams. You will learn the
healing power of thought and awaken or re-awaken your spiritual side.
Six simple steps can help you
reconnect to the nurse within and create your personal roadmap.
Figure out your true heart’s desire.
Go after what you want, instead of away from
what you don’t want.
Have a clear vision of where you are going.
Feel how it will be when that vision comes
Be open to opportunities, insights,
resources and synchronicities.
The book will also encourage you to
examine how you show up as a nurse. Is your heart open?Are you present? Head held high? Do others feel your energy? Is
your love for nursing shining through?
Do you love you?
Love the good, bad and the ugly?
Love the parts of you that are sick or in
New, seasoned or disabled
nurse…..this book is a gift for you!Learn to “show up” joyful…. heart open… have fun… and “choose” to walk unique,
new paths in life and nursing.
from Within™ is an innovative and uplifting guide
for nurses at all levels of the profession. Learn how to shift your inner
perspective so you can enjoy the work of helping others, regardless of how
stressful or challenging the environment you are working in may be. Are you
ready to rediscover the joy and passion of nursing? ‘Nursing from Within: A Fresh Alternative to Putting Out Fires and
Self-Care Workarounds’ is available now. Get your copy today by visiting Elizabeth Scala’s site, or purchase directly from Amazon.com.
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.