Friday, July 31, 2015

Colleen Collins, a nurse with vision loss, demonstrates true vision!




Colleen Collins, RN worked in pediatric intensive care  for 14 years. Then she started having trouble with her vision. “I began knocking things over, and I also had episodes of night blindness.” Eventually Colleen was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa.


Think her career in nursing was over? Think again!

Colleen went on her degree to qualify to work as a Nurse Administrator. Her DOR counselor referred her to the LightHouse to learn travel skills and use of a white cane. The experience led her to enroll in the LightHouse’s Employment Immersion program.

Colleen’s perseverance paid off and she was hired as an Intake and Scheduling Manager for the home health agency American Care Quest in San Francisco. “I talk to the departments at the various hospitals, gather information on new patients and decide which medical personnel (i.e., Skilled Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists) to send out. I’m working full time, ten to twelve hours a day. It’s great!”

Click on the link below to read more about Colleen.



http://lighthouse-sf.org/blog/blind-nurse-colleen-collins-a-lighthouse-employment-immersion-client-lands-a-job-at-american-care-quest/