Saturday, August 20, 2016

A message for nurses with disabilities from Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist

What could an astrophysicist have to say that could help or inspire nurses or nursing students with disabilities? 
A brief glimpse into a fun, uplifting dialog with an 8 year old will shed light.

                       Neil deGrasse Tyson

During a question and answer session, a young girl asked Neil deGrasse Tyson: 

 "In your field do you have someone that is dyslexic?

His answer was spot on! 

Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about how his colleagues and co-workers with ADD, dyslexia and autism spectrum disorder cope with not being what some people consider "normal". He stated, "having a learning disability doesn't mean you can't do the things you love. It just means you might do them a bit differently". 

He went on to share examples of how people compensate and adapt to the situations they are in. 

"If a person is dyslexic, they know they're a bit slower at reading, so they make extra time in their workday for reading."

 "Or, if a person has social anxiety, or isn't comfortable making small talk, or has trouble reading social cues, the great thing about the field of science is that it doesn't matter as much as the work you do."

The resounding message was--

"In the Olympics what do you do when you come to a hurdle?

You jump over it!"

You can listen to the presentation and read more by clicking on the link below. 

Love to hear your thoughts! 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Top nurse authored books about disability

Are you interested in reading or recommending a book about disability? Why not consider a book written by a nurse with a disability? 

Here are some of the best!

                                                    Patricia Holloran, RN                                             Beka Serdans, RN

                                                                                                   Marina Abdel Malak, RN

                                                   Karen Ingalls, RN                                                      Brooke Katz, RN 


            Donna Maheady, ARNP

  Donna Maheady, ARNP

                                                  Cleo Graham, RN                                                 Christine Molloy, RN

          Anita Lesko, RN
                                                                                                        Kristin Labott, RN

Enjoy and please let me know what you think! Would you add any others to the list?

With thanks,