Game Changers: Nurses With Disabilities Work to Dispel Bias in Health Care

Game Changers: Nurses With Disabilities Work to Dispel Bias in Health Care
By Janet Edwards

As an avid climber, crawling high into trees didn’t seem like such a risky proposition to Michelle Kephart, RN, MSN. However, midway through her nursing program, Kephart fell 25 feet from a tree, injuring her spinal cord. Returning to nursing school amid skepticism from the faculty, and with no idea how her quadriplegia would impact her education, Kephart found the support she needed in the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND).

End the Disability Debate in Nursing: Quality Care is Fact

End the Disability Debate in Nursing: Quality Care is Fact
By Leslie Neal-Boylan

Misconceptions abound regarding the abilities of people with disabilities and this holds true in the nursing profession, as well. While nurses with experience and expertise are often denied jobs or lose their jobs because of a physical disability, research shows appropriate accommodations can be made to retain these highly skilled and much-needed health care professionals. Reports Best Jobs for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Title I of the ADA covers employment by private employers with 15 or more employees as well as state and local government employers of the same size. Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act provides the same protections for federal employees and applicants for federal employment.

The ADA protects a qualified individual with a disability from disparate treatment or harassment based on disability, and also provides that, absent undue hardship, a qualified individual with a disability is entitled to reasonable accommodation to perform, or apply for, a job or to enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment. The ADA also includes rules regarding when, and to what extent, employers may seek medical information from applicants or employees. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the employment provisions of the ADA. Most states also have their own laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of disability. Some of these laws may apply to smaller employers and provide protections in addition to those available under the ADA.

Health care is the largest industry in the American economy, and has a high incidence of occupational injury and illness.[1] Though they are “committed to promoting health through treatment and care for the sick and injured, health care workers, ironically, confront perhaps a greater range of significant workplace hazards than workers in any other sector.”[2] Health care jobs often involve potential exposure to airborne and bloodborne infectious disease, sharps injuries,[3] and other dangers; many health care jobs can also be physically demanding and mentally stressful.[4] Moreover, health care workers with occupational or non-occupational illness or injury may face unique challenges because of societal misperceptions that qualified health care providers must themselves be free from any physical or mental impairment.[5

A Room With A Grim View: The ‘Ambient Despair’ That Marks Life In Assisted Living

A Room With A Grim View: The ‘Ambient Despair’ That Marks Life In Assisted Living
By Martin Bayne

After entering an assisted living facility at age fifty-three because of young-onset Parkinson’s, an observer-advocate contemplates the dire need for long-term care reform.

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The essay appears in Health Affairs’ July 2012 issue.

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Several Million Healthcare Workers Needed by 2020

Several Million Healthcare Workers Needed by 2020

Regardless of the fate of the Affordable Care Act, the United States will need 5.6 million new healthcare workers by 2020, according to a study.

The study, by researchers at Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce, also found that 4.6 million of those new workers will need education beyond high school.

“In healthcare, there are really two labor markets — professional and support,” Anthony P. Carnevale, the report’s lead author and director of the Center on Education and Workforce, said in a news release. “Professional jobs demand postsecondary training and advanced degrees, while support jobs demand high school and some colleges.”

There is “minimal mobility” between the two, Carnevale said, “and the pay gap is enormous — the average professional worker makes 2.5 times as much as the average support worker.”

OFCCP Publishes Proposal to Improve Job Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities

OFCCP Publishes Proposal to Improve Job Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their workforces be people with disabilities, among other requirements. The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs invites public comment on this proposal, which was published in the December 9 edition of the Federal Register.

Summary of Open Job Positions: The Sea Glass Group

The Sea Glass Group has numerous opening throughout the United States across many different areas of nursing such as, case management, RN managers, Healthcare Management – VP, Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Licensed Practical Nurses.

Here are a few of our current openings. Please contact us to discuss more career opportunities or visit us online at The Sea Glass Group Website.

Case Management – Tampa, FL
JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for conducting telephonic or face-to-face assessments for the identification, evaluation, coordination and management of Members’ needs, including physical health, behavioral health, social services and long term services and supports; develops the Member’s Individualized Service Plan to address those needs. Establishes relationships with referral sources and community resources, while maintaining strict member confidentiality and complying with all HIPAA requirements.
POSTED June 26, 2012

The Sea Glass Group

The Sea Glass Group
Expanding the Boundaries of Professional Search

Specializing in the Recruitment of College and Advanced Degreed Professionals with Evident and Non-Evident Disabilities

What is The Sea Glass Group?
The Sea Glass Group is a privately held professional search firm headquartered in Chicago, IL and serving corporate clients across the country. We specialize in the sourcing and recruitment of college and advanced degreed professionals with evident and non-evident disabilities for corporate clients. Our placements range from executive, management, and experienced professional, to career building leadership positions for recent college graduates.

Open Job Opportunities
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