Sunday, November 12, 2017

Listen up! What not to say to a nurse or nursing student with a disability


Painting by Thomas Saliot


A group of nurses and nursing students with disabilities was asked to share comments made to them. Responses included the following:

"Maybe this is God's way of saying you shouldn't be a nurse."

"You will not be able to work as a nurse."

"There are no accommodations in nursing school."

"Let me do it for you." 

"How are you going to be a nurse when you look like a patient?"

"What's wrong with your neck?"

"Why are your hands always shaking?"

"You can't go in there blind."

"How can you be a nurse if you are hard of hearing?"

"Maybe you should go on disability".

"Turn up your hearing aid."

"People with ________can't make good nurses."

"You don't look like you have a disability."

"Nobody wants a nurse with a bad back."

In health assessment lab, "You can go outside in the hall and read."

"You should think about another career choice."

"You don't look sick."

"Do you know what patients think when you limp into their room with a service dog?"

"Who is going to hire you?"

"I knew something was wrong with you from the start."

"What's your problem? Can't you hear?"

"If you use a wheelchair and have a service dog, how will patients know you are the nurse?"

"You can't work in _____area because of your speech impediment."

"You can't be a nurse. You struggle to walk." 

"Why do you want to work when you could sit home on disability?"

"What's your problem, can't you hear?"

"You don't have what it takes to make it."

"Patients won't want you to care for them."

"What kind of nurse will you be with one leg?"

"You can't do that."


Ummmmmmmmmmm? 

Love to read your thoughts!

Donna