Friday, December 19, 2014

Exceptional Nurse an Exceptional Resource!

Happy Holidays to everyone,

I am so excited to share a new article written about

May thanks to Nina Rao for writing the piece and to everyone who was interviewed.



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Book review showcases nurses with vision loss

With thanks to Katy Lewis from the American Foundation for the Blind for a review of "The

Exceptional Nurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disabilities".

Katy showcases commentary written by Detra Bannister, from the American Foundation for the Blind.........

Check out this preview of Detra’s commentary from the book!
I was very sorry to hear about the traumatic loss of Barbara’s son, husband and sight all wrapped into one long lasting event. People are amazing when they respond to such keen mental suffering the way she did. The triumphant outcome of keeping a promise and advancing her degree is tremendously healing and satisfying.
If you are now among the more than 25 million people in the United States living with vision loss, you need to know how important it is to find ways to accomplish routine tasks and goals. These are the skills that will enable you to live independently and productively, read and write, maintain a career—or launch a new one—raise a family, have a social life, travel, enjoy recreational sports, and games. In short, lead a normal life.
Go back and read Barbara’s story. Get in touch with American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) CareerConnect mentors who, in spite of being blind or visually impaired, are working as nurses. They have already traveled this road. Volunteers in this program can help the nurse or nursing student who is/has lost sight sort through the twists and turns of navigating their way to a career in nursing (or back into one).
Questions to ask yourself: Do you want to stay in this field of nursing or use this as an opportunity to broaden your experience? Do you want to stay in nursing at all or use your skills to re-career? Be encouraged that accepting that you may have to modify what you do in nursing or switch areas altogether is a winning strategy and not a defeat.
To read more of Detra’s commentary or any of the other inspirational stories, get your copy of The Exceptional Nurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disabilities today!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Court ruled accommodation exceeded ADA

      A University of Kansas medical student, who uses a wheelchair,

requested accommodation related to the "mobility technical

standard". The student requested the need for a staff person to assist

her with lifting and positioning patients and performing basic life


     The student's admission to the medical school was rescinded. A

law suit followed (details of the case are attached). 

     The court ruled that the student's request for accommodation

would alter the educational program over and above what the ADA

and Rehabilitation Act require.


      Thoughts and questions to ponder: How will this decision
impact future nursing program applicants who use wheelchairs?
     Other nursing and medical school programs have
accommodated students who use wheelchairs.

     Are we moving backward?

Please share your thoughts below.