Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Affirmations for nurses and nursing students with disabilities

Connie Stallone Adleman, RN 
Educator, stroke survivor, author, and coach

As the New Year begins please accept the following affirmations—
 created by Connie Adleman, RN, author of a chapter in "The Exceptional Nurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disabilities".

I use my limitations as an opportunity to grow.

I give thanks that any limitation that I experience is a gift teaching me about myself.

I always focus on and count my possibilities for success.

I have unlimited potential.

I love myself exactly as I am.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Thankful to people who give and people who say thanks!

Every year www.ExceptionalNurse.com awards scholarships to nursing students with disabilities.

The funds for these awards are not always easy to come by. We use money from donations, small grants and sales of the book "Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses working with disAbilities".

It is so heartwarming to receive a thank you letter from one of our recipients. This letter and a photo arrived yesterday.

Dear Exceptional Nurse Scholarship Committee:

As a 2013 scholarship winner, I wanted to take some time to once again share my appreciation of the help you have provided for me.

I just finished my freshman semester with a 3.3. GPA. Considering I had sciences along with other courses, I believe I did pretty well.

I continue to work as hard as I can to become the best possible nurse I can be. I am wishing you all very happy holidays and once again thank you for believing in me....

If you bought a book, made a donation or funded a grant request.....we thank you for believing in www.ExceptionalNurse.com so we in turn can believe in others.......

Happy Holidays!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Give nurses in wheelchairs a chance

An article written by Alexandra Pecci for Health Leaders Media includes an interview with Marianne Haugh, a nurse born with spina bifida, who happens to use a wheelchair.

Marianne was a 2013 Daisy Award winner at Shriner's Hospital in Chicago. She is also a clinical instructor for nursing programs in the Chicago area.

This is what a parent wrote about her:
"Marianne has continued to be an exceptional nurse. She is always on point with patient's needs, very professional, and has never once allowed the fact that she is in a wheelchair herself prevent her from carrying out whatever task needed to be done. I trust my son in her care hands down and have no doubt others feel the same."

You can read more about Marianne and her journey by clicking on this link.


Would you give a nurse who uses a wheelchair a chance? If so, why? Why not?

Please share your thoughts.

With thanks,

Monday, December 9, 2013

Are you working as a nurse with a black dog?

Are you a nurse or nursing student working or studying with a black dog?

Are you suffering from depression?

This is a powerful message.........