Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Being reasonable: Supporting disabled nursing students in practice

There's a recent article that was just published. It's titled, "Being reasonable: Supporting disabled nursing students in practice."

Here's the abstract from that paper:
AIM: To analyse recurring adjustments made in practice settings and the support strategies put in place to enable disabled students to achieve the levels of proficiency required on pre-registration nursing programmes.
BACKGROUND: Legislative and regulatory changes in the UK require higher education institutions to make reasonable adjustments for disabled students whose needs must be considered and adjustments made before their programmes of study begin. The student practice learning advisor's (SPLA) primary role is to support disabled students and to operationalise recommended adjustments in practice.
METHOD: An evaluative case study design was employed to analyse the work of the SPLA over 12 months using progression data, individual interviews and reflective accounts. FINDINGS: The evaluation illustrates the need for support throughout the student's programme which appears to reach a peak in the final year. Disabled students required 20% more contact time than their non-disabled peers. Operationalising adjustments requires attention to inter-disciplinary, practical and communication considerations.
CONCLUSION: Implementing adjustments in practice requires a multi-disciplinary approach in order to support disabled students, and their mentors and to enable the development and application of coping strategies to overcome potential restrictions. The SPLA provides an essential role in ensuring opportunities for the disabled student to succeed are maximised. Copyright 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Tee SR, Owens K, Plowright S, Ramnath P, Rourke S, James C, Bayliss J. Being reasonable: supporting disabled nursing students in practice. Nurse Educ Pract. 2010 Jul;10(4):216-21. Epub 2009 Dec 16.
PMID: 20018564

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Disability as an equal opportunity issue within nurse education in the UK.

Here's an article that may interest you, especially if you work in the UK. It's titled, "Disability as an equal opportunity issue within nurse education in the UK."

The author writes: 
Whilst equal opportunity policies, related research and subsequent curricula changes over recent years may have begun to have a positive impact in some areas of nursing education and practice, 'disability' struggles for recognition as an equality issue. Disabled people, making up approximately six million of the UK population, experience discrimination as part of their daily lives and this is also evident in the nursing services they receive. Far from challenging discrimination, nursing education may simply sustain the negative dominant ideological view of disability. Drawing comparisons with 'race', which has an established equal opportunity dimension, this paper explores disability equality, which is relatively neglected in nursing curricula. From this review it is argued that nursing as a profession has a role beyond patient care in influencing public perceptions concerning disabled people and should take more positive steps in promoting social justice by challenging discrimination. Stakeholders in nursing curricula and nursing practice have both legal and professional responsibilities to ensure that nursing and nurses become part of the solution to disability discrimination. Including disability in equal opportunity policies and strengthening their impact on pre and post registration nursing curricula, provides nursing with a tangible opportunity to do just that.
PMID: 10820574

Scullion P. Disability as an equal opportunity issue within nurse education in the UK. Nurse Educ Today. 2000 Apr;20(3):199-206.
Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Join the Society of Disabled Nurses

Join other nurses and form a strong community of nurses who are disabled. Membership is free for this online society which is a part of the Society of Disabled Healthcare Professionals (SDHP).

Join the Society of Disabled Nurses here.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Disabled nurse succeeds despite hurdles, attitudes

There's an inspirational story about a disabled nurse on Denver's Morning Star. It's titled, "Disabled nurse succeeds despite hurdles, attitudes."

Here's a snippet from the story:
Craig Hospital’s Terry Chase, ND, RN. Chase is patient and family education coordinator for the Englewood hospital that specializes in rehabilitation of severe spinal chord and brain trauma. A highly respected and professionally accomplished nurse, Chase has learned to deal with the stigma attached to disabled people, particularly nurses. She uses a wheelchair. “The challenges I face are societal attitudes toward people with disabilities and our ability to be productive people,” Chase said. “Even with my background and education, I still am confronted by these attitudes. “I went through nursing school using the wheelchair and still participated in all rotations. I do have some restrictions about lifting and carrying, and have always been aware of safety both for myself and for the patients,” she said.
To read the full story, click here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Jobs for disabled nurses at

GettingHired is committed to helping people with disabilities reach their full potential in the workplace, and increasing their visibility to prospective employers. If you are a disabled nurse, you might be able to find a job that will allow you to remain productive in the workplace.

More than 23 million disabled individuals are either unemployed or underemployed, despite their education, skills, and professional qualifications.
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