Monday, December 26, 2016

Nurses with disabilities: Top 10 blog posts in 2016!

As the New Year approaches, it is time to look back at 2016. Included below are the top 10 Exceptional Nurse blog posts about nurses with disabilities. 

Nurse with Asperger's is champion for 

       others with autism spectrum disorder

So how does a person with Asperger's disorder move forward to become a nurse anesthetist, military aviation photojournalist, author, public speaker, advocate and founder of a non profit organization?
Just like the answer to "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" 

Nurses: How do you don gloves with a different hand?
How does a nurse or nursing student with short, partial or missing fingers; or who wears a prosthetic hand don gloves in a healthcare setting?
The question was posted to a group of nurses with disabilities.

Deaf Nurse helping to break the sound barrier
Lucy Eels, RN shared her story in a blog post for "Break the Sound Barrier" the Australian national campaign to make hearing health and well-being a national health priority.

Hurricane Hugo: Remembering nurses 
who worked through the storm
Imagine how many nurses worked through the storm. Were they injured? Did they suffer from PTSD? Did they receive mental health counseling following the storm? Margot Withrow and John Owen share vivid details of working through the storm.

"Breaking it down" for nursing students with learning disabilities
Breaking a task down into micro-units, using prompts, and assistive technology can help all students.

Moving forward with a disability: Returning to work as a nurse after an amputation
Carolyn McKinzie returned to work as a nurse following a below the knee amputation. Her journey and suggestions for other similarly situated nurses are included in a series of blog posts.

A message for nurses with disabilities from Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist
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".
Libby Sanders is a nurse in Jasper, Indiana. Earlier this year, she lost her left pinky finger after a freak accident with a screen door. Since the accident she was a little self-conscious about the missing finger.

Nursing students with a wide range of disabilities are increasing in number every year. Disabilities may include hearing loss, low vision, learning disabilities, limb differences, paralysis, mental illness and chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis, lupus and movement disorders.

Will President-elect Donald Trump support nurses with disabilities?

So much has been said and predicted about a Donald Trump presidency. Can we turn our attention to nurses? And, specifically nurses and nursing students with disabilities?


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