In a few months, the newest doctor – and one of the first doctors of her kind in the nation – will hang her shingle in the Portland, Oregon area. Chris L. Cooke will become one of the first totally blind doctors in the US with a specialty in naturopathic medicine.
The new Dr. Cooke, blind since birth, will carry the usual medical instruments in her black bag, including a blood pressure cuff, a thermometer, and a Pocket PC crammed with medical references – a tool most modern doctors rely on to help with diagnosis, prescribing the right medicine, and ordering and interpreting lab work. The difference is her tools of the trade will talk. In fact, in large part, she credits her ability to be a good doctor to a PAC Mate™ accessible Pocket PC for the blind and two Oregon men who made medical reference software accessible to the visually impaired, using the PAC Mate.
Open the Door, Get ‘Em a Locker: Educating Nursing Students with Disabilities
Open the Door Student Perspective
Open the Door Graduate Reflection
This documentary film produced by Bronwynne Evans, RN, PhD and Beth Marks, RN, PhD chronicles the experience of a nursing student who entered a baccalaureate program using a wheelchair. The 23 minute film provides a forum for the voices of nursing students, faculty, administrators, and agency nursing staff to discuss trials and triumphs encountered during this experience. It is a real life example of the exploration of roles and responsibilities in nursing education, experiential learning, shifting perspectives, and being a part of old ways turning into new ways in the world of nursing.
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Ricky Allen Steele, Former NOND Board Member died September 03, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Rick was a most remarkable man with many talents and an incredible zest for life. He woke up every day whistling like Jiminy Cricket, ready to go, bringing a positive spirit to every situation and to each person he encountered. Born prematurely in a four-room country hospital in West Virginia, he just couldn’t wait to get out into the world and make his significant impact on it.
Geriatric Nurse, Senior Day Health Program
Luckily, as a result of being refused entrance to a hospital school of nursing at seventeen, I later graduated from the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) with a BSN, RN, and Public Health Nursing certificate. This story is a description of my 10 years as Director of Medical Services (think Head Nurse) at a community-based, free-standing, day program for the “less-than-independent” elderly. These years (1986-96) happened to coincide with my vision loss due to low tension glaucoma, its treatment, and Sjogren’s syndrome.
by Linda Childers
While working as a nurse in today’s healthcare world can be stressful enough, nurses with disabilities can face additional on-the-job challenges, including colleagues who may not feel they are capable of doing the work and needing assistance in a job that often requires strength and stamina. However, by making some adjustments, nurses with disabilities can continue to practice their profession.
Labor & Delivery Nurse
by Leora Heifetz
My name is Leora Heifetz and I have had a visual disability since birth. I work as a registered nurse (RN) on a labor and delivery unit in a level three hospital in the Chicago Metropolitan area and on a daily basis I am engaged in directly caring for patients. My job requires me to monitor women during labor and the delivery of their newborn baby. Upon delivery, I am involved with caring for both mother and child, until they are considered to be stable and are transferred to another unit in the hospital for the remainder of their stay.
Danielle, a Nurse with a Disability
Born missing a limb from her elbow, Danielle found ways to succeed in nursing school, graduate and land a job as a pediatric nurse.
National League for Nursing Convenes Innovative Think Tank on Expanding Diversity in Nurse Educator WorkforceLeaders in Nursing Education, Practice, Health Care, and Higher Education Pool Expertise in Ethnic and Racial Diversity
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February 4, 2008 — New York, NY — Decrying a lack of diversity in the nation’s nurse educator workforce, the National League for Nursing has taken the lead in working to change this reality in all types of nursing programs. This high-priority NLN initiative, which grew out of the League’s 2007-2010 Strategic Plan, is projected to evolve over the coming decade. It began with an invitation to influential nurse educators, practicing nurses and professionals in health care and higher education to join a new NLN-led Think Tank on Expanding Diversity in the Nurse Educator Workforce.
New EEOC Publication Addresses Employment of Health Care Workers with Disabilities
Latest Q&A Fact Sheet Explains How Americans with Disabilities Act Applies to Employment in the Health Care Industry
WASHINGTON – Naomi C. Earp, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), today announced the issuance of a new question-and-answer (Q&A) fact sheet on the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to job applicants and employees in the health care industry. The new publication, part of a series of Q&A documents about specific disabilities in the workplace and specific industries, is available on the EEOC’s web site at http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/health_care_workers.html.
Americans with Disabilities: Ready for the Global Workforce
U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced that “Americans with Disabilities: Ready for the Global Workforce” will be the official theme for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which is celebrated nationwide.
“The 2006 theme — “Americans with Disabilities: Ready for the Global Workforce” — highlights the fact that workers with disabilities are an underutilized and ambitious group of Americans eager to pursue their career dreams,” said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. “This theme echoes the President”s New Freedom Initiative which has been out in front in recognizing the need to promote greater job opportunities for workers with disabilities.”