Monday, June 4, 2018

Marie Scott moves forward as a U.S. Embassy nurse after a spinal cord injury

Marie (Bartova) Scott, US Embassy Nurse, Prague

"Born and raised in the Prague, Czech RepublicI was injured after I qualified as a nurse. At the time of my spinal cord injury (T-12 paraplegia), I was employed by the U.S. government in Prague. The understanding and support I received from the employer and colleagues will never be forgotten."

"It meant so much to me to know I was still a member of the team despite my reduced mobility. The workplace was adjusted (ramps, bathroom, cupboards and work desk). But, it was mostly the positive attitude of my colleagues which broke the barriers."

"I worked as a staff nurse at the US embassy health center and later took on a more senior role where I could also utilize my management skills. I spent six wonderful years there before I took maternity leave."

"My husband is Scottish and we moved our family to Scotland four years ago. I am now working as a staff nurse in neuro rehabilitation units and care home settings. With our excellent care staff, I can fulfill my role and enjoy it very much. In fact, I have been told on more than one occasion that my condition is seen as a good influence to residents and their families."

Learn more about Marie by viewing this video clip:

Bravo Marie and thanks to the US embassy and rehabilitation settings in Scotland for being so accommodating to nurses with disabilities!