Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fibromuscular Dysplasia - Patient Experience and Struggles (Nurse's Perspective)

Kari Ulrich, a registered nurse and a patient with Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD), shares her story of struggles before and after being diagnosed with FMD in 2007. Kari reveals details of symptoms, treatments, lifestyle changes, living her life with FMD, and resources available for patients to obtain more information about this often misdiagnosed disease.

More information is available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fibromuscular-dysplasia/DS01101

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

HHS & FDA Hiring People with Disabilities

Informational Video on FDA's upcoming Virtual Hiring Event on Thursday Nov 3rd 2011 Instructions on creating your Federal Resume, Navigating the NEW USAJOBS, and applying at HHS and FDA http://www.fda.gov/hiringevent

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The history of NDEAM (National Disability Employment Awareness Month) began in 1945, with “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." It has since grown to a month long celebration of the contributions of workers with disabilities.

"Return on investment means hiring the right talent. Workers with disabilities represent all skills sets and are ready to get the job done,” stated Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy. This year’s theme, Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities, promotes the valuable contributions people with disabilities make to America’s workplaces and economy.

In celebration of NDEAM, Disability.Blog will invite employers to share their best practices for recruiting, hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities. In addition, the photographs and profiles of the eight No Boundaries Photo Project participants will be shared on the blog. You can also read posts from last year's No Boundaries Employment Series, which profiled individuals with disabilities who have found success in their chosen fields.

Learn more here.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Job opportunity: Nurse Case Manager

Here is a job opening that could be a good opportunity for nurses with disabilities:

Position Title: Nurse Case Manager
Supervisor: Director of Medical and Case Management


The Nurse Case Manager serves as a key member of the Emergency Response Center team with a primary focus on the assessment of FrontierMEDEX members medical care needs, treatment plan of local healthcare providers and the ability of the local healthcare system to provide required care. When assessment provides evidence that appropriate care is not available in the local area the FrontierMEDEX Nurse works collaboratively with the Medical Director to establish and implement plans for safe evacuation to an area where appropriate care is available.

Primary Responsibilities

• Monitor international medical emergency situations.
• Work collaboratively with international healthcare providers and Emergency Response Center team to assure best outcomes for the patient and the organization.
• Review and monitor medical cases for appropriateness of treatment and efficient case management.
• Participates in the management of complex medical cases, this includes obtaining and reviewing medical reports/records.
• Maintains verbal and or electronic communication with patients, providers and clients related to the status and action plans for the case.
• Participates in training and ongoing educational activities and in policy and procedure development.
• Participate in claims justification process.
• Provides feedback on medical providers worldwide; may participate in site surveys of hospitals, clinics and air ambulance providers.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

NurseWorks apps aim to reduce on-the-job stress

NurseWorks apps aim to reduce on-the-job stress, help stem the tide of nurses leaving the profession

One consequence of the nurse shortage is nurses leaving the profession early due to stress. One nurse has developed an organizational tool to alleviate some of that stress.

Orlando, FL – One out of five new registered nurses (RNs) quit before the end of their first year of nursing, according to a 2009 Rnworkproject.org study. Reasons they gave were due to being overworked, overstressed, underpaid and unappreciated.

Nurse Kathy Johnson, found a way to alleviate some of the stress of her job. She cares for up to 40 patients per night at an Orlando nursing home. Johnson created NurseWorks, a series of Android-based apps that provides all the needed checklists, calculators, demos, how-to’s, formulas and timers for routine and not-so-routine tasks. Now nurses can easily have every thing they need right in their pocket including all the patient information they have input which they can refer to when charting.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

NJ State Nurses Association to Use Polaris Outcomes System for Substance Abuse to Support Recovering Nurses

Polaris-CD, an outcomes assessment system for chemical dependency, will be used to support recovering nurses who are participating in the Recovery and Monitoring Program.

Langhorne, PA, July 16, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Polaris Health Directions, a national leader in behavioral health outcomes management, welcomes its newest client, the Institute for Nursing (IFN), the foundation of the New Jersey State Nurses Association.

The IFN will implement Polaris’s outcomes assessment system for chemical dependency, Polaris-CD, to support recovering nurses who are participating in the Recovery and Monitoring Program (RAMP). RAMP is an alternative to discipline program contracted with the New Jersey Board of Nursing to provide monitoring and support to nurses with mental illness and substance use disorders. The program seeks to help nurses protect the public while safeguarding the wellness of the nurse.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Nurses with disabilities working in hospital settings: attitudes, concerns, and experiences of nurse leaders.

Nearly 50 million people in the United States live with a disability. People with disabilities are increasingly represented in professional nursing. It is important to understand attitudes and concerns of nurse leaders who hire and work with nurses with disabilities. Using an exploratory descriptive design, this study surveyed nurse managers from 600 hospitals, with responses from 219 participants. Using a modified version of two subscales of the Employer Attitude Questionnaire, nurse managers expressed attitudes toward work performance, reported concerns or perceived abilities of staff nurses with disabilities to work in administrative positions, rated job performance, and described accommodations extended to staff nurses with a broad range of disabilities. Results indicated that most nurse managers rated work performance as exceptional or above average. Concerns included abilities to perform necessary job tasks, patient safety, and acceptance by the public and by coworkers of the nurses with disabilities. There was a significant positive relationship between nurse managers' previous exposure to nurses with disabilities and their willingness to hire nurses with disabilities. Conclusions indicate a need for the discipline to move beyond advocacy and personal case sharing to research on promotion of effective means of recruitment and retention of professional nurses with disabilities.

Wood D, Marshall ES. Nurses with disabilities working in hospital settings: attitudes, concerns, and experiences of nurse leaders. J Prof Nurs. 2010 May-Jun;26(3):182-7.
PMID: 20488428

Danette Wood, RN, EdD, CRN
Associate Professor and Director of Baccalaureate Program, School of Nursing, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

Elaine S. Marshall, RN, PhD
Professor and Bulloch Healthcare Foundation Endowed Chair, School of Nursing, Box 8158, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA

Friday, May 20, 2011

Federal Disability Job Fair - June 9

The U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with The Federal Executive Board will hold a Job Fair for people with disabilities from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on June 9, 2011 in Richardson, TX. Two sessions will each present 'How to Apply “Schedule A” Authority in the Federal Government?' and 'Employment and Training Programs and Career Websites.' For more information, contact Blas Rueda-Caraballo at (972) 850-4459 or rueda-caraballo.blas@dol.gov or click here (PDF)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ANA’s Specialty Standards Now Available as eBooks

The complete library of ANA’s Specialty Standards is now available as eBooks. All 28 of ANA’s specialty Scope & Standards as well as its keystone Standard, Nursing: Scope & Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition, totaling nearly 3,000 pages, are accessible for e-readers. In addition, ANA’s most popular teaching guide, Teaching IOM: Implications of the Institute of Medicine Reports for Nursing Education, 2nd Edition, as well as ANA’s Principles for Practice Package are also available as eBooks.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Nurses Week!

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week 2011. Happy Nurses Week!

National Nurses Week (NNW) is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hiring People With Disabilities Made Simple

The Office of Personnel Management has created a series of quick training videos on a range of subjects to help you achieve your mission and important recruitment, hiring and diversity goals.

Click here to view the presentation titled, "Hiring People With Disabilities Made Simple"

Saturday, April 16, 2011


ExceptionalNurse.com provides information and resources for nurses with disabilities. The site was developed by Donna Maheady, Ed.D., ARNP. Dr. Maheady is a pediatric nurse practitioner and nursing care consultant. She has taught nursing for over 20 years and worked with nursing students with a wide range of disabilities. Her doctoral dissertation addressed the experiences of nursing students with disabilities.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Part Time Job Opportunities Especially for Retired MSW's and RN's

I received a note from Edward Addy of United Telecare. He has developed a unique service and is looking to expand their Independent Service Agent network with retired nurses and social workers.

"Our company, United Telecare, has just launched a new service to assist seniors, those with disabilities, and many others, to remain living independently a bit longer and a bit safer. This program is called our “Daily Independent Care Program.” Our goal for 2011 is to make this program available across the entire U.S. and Canada. We will accomplish this by adding several hundred community minded Independent Service Agents to communities and counties with populations of 100,000 or more.

Because of the nature of this program, we are looking to expand our Independent Service Agent network with retired nurses and social workers.

If you are a retired nurse or social worker, live in a city or county with a population larger then 100,000, we may be looking for you. If you are looking for something to do that will allow you to stay active in your community, and continue to help others, while generating an additional income, we hope you will look into becoming our Independent Service Agent for your community or county."

Detailed information can be found on our website at: www.UnitedTelecare.com/careers/agents.php

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Disability Discrimination

Disability discrimination occurs when an employer or other entity covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, or the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, treats a qualified individual with a disability who is an employee or applicant unfavorably because she has a disability.

Disability discrimination also occurs when a covered employer or other entity treats an applicant or employee less favorably because she has a history of a disability (such as cancer that is controlled or in remission) or because she is believed to have a physical or mental impairment that is not transitory (lasting or expected to last six months or less) and minor (even if she does not have such an impairment).

The law requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee or job applicant with a disability, unless doing so would cause significant difficulty or expense for the employer ("undue hardship").

The law also protects people from discrimination based on their relationship with a person with a disability (even if they do not themselves have a disability). For example, it is illegal to discriminate against an employee because her husband has a disability.

Learn more here.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Campaign for Disability Employment "I Can" PSA

The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tax benefits for organizations that employ nurses with disabilities

This information is from the IRS website:

Businesses accommodating people with disabilities may qualify for some of the following tax credits and deductions. More detailed information may be found in the IRS publications referenced.

Disabled Access Credit

The Disabled Access Credit provides a non-refundable credit for small businesses that incur expenditures for the purpose of providing access to persons with disabilities. An eligible small business is one that that earned $1 million or less or had no more than 30 full time employees in the previous year; they may take the credit each and every year they incur access expenditures. Refer to Form 8826, Disabled Access Credit (PDF), for information about eligible expenditures.

Barrier Removal Tax Deduction

The Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction encourages businesses of any size to remove architectural and transportation barriers to the mobility of persons with disabilities and the elderly. Businesses may claim a deduction of up to $15,000 a year for qualified expenses for items that normally must be capitalized. Businesses claim the deduction by listing it as a separate expense on their income tax return. Also, businesses may use the Disabled Tax Credit and the architectural/transportation tax deduction together in the same tax year, if the expenses meet the requirements of both sections. To use both, the deduction is equal to the difference between the total expenditures and the amount of the credit claimed.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Nurses with sensory disabilities: their perceptions and characteristics.

A survey design was used to explore the perceptions and characteristics of registered nurses (RNs) with sensory disabilities and their risk for leaving their jobs. An earlier study found that nurses with disabilities are leaving nursing and that employers do not appear to support these nurses. Work instability and the mismatch between a nurse's perceptions of his or her ability and the demands of their work increase risk for job retention problems. This study's convenience sample of U.S. RNs had hearing, vision, or communication disabilities. Participants completed a demographic form, three U.S. Census questions, and the Nurse-Work Instability Survey. Hospital nurses were three times more likely to be at risk for retention problems. Nurses with hearing disabilities were frustrated at work. Hearing difficulties increased with years spent working as a nurse. Many nurses with sensory disabilities have left nursing. Early intervention may prevent work instability and increase retention, and rehabilitation nurses are ideally positioned to lead early intervention programs.

Neal-Boylan L, Fennie K, Baldauf-Wagner S. Nurses with sensory disabilities: their perceptions and characteristics. Rehabil Nurs. 2011 Jan-Feb;36(1):25-31.
PMID: 21290962

Access the full article here (PDF).

Monday, March 7, 2011

Nurses Working with disAbilities

Make sure to read this great book! It's titled, "Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses Working with disAbilities"

Eleven nurses who defied disability tell their personal stories of courage and determination in the face of stigma and discrimination, proving that nurses with disabilities have the ability to successfully fill the jobs that so desperately need filling.

You can get it on Amazon:

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Work Stress and Burnout Among Nurses

The AHRQ has a book called "Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses." In Chapter 26, we find a chapter titled, "Work Stress and Burnout Among Nurses: Role of the Work Environment and Working Conditions."

There's a section that says:

Nevertheless, work stress and burnout remain significant concerns in nursing, affecting both individuals and organizations. For the individual nurse, regardless of whether stress is perceived positively or negatively, the neuroendocrine response yields physiologic reactions that may ultimately contribute to illness.

We often don't think about the impact of stress in our lives. However, if it's going to contribute to illness and possibly even disability, shouldn't we be doing more to control and manage work stress?

You can read chapter 26 here (PDF).

Friday, February 18, 2011

Non-Clinical Nursing Jobs

Some disabled nurses may find it easier to work a non-clinical nursing job. You can view those jobs here.

The jobs are more focused around administration, quality improvement, patient safety, chart reviews, clinical support, etc.

Take a look here to view those non-clinical nursing jobs.

Monday, February 7, 2011

National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities

The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) works to promote equity for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions in nursing through education and advocacy by:

* promoting best practices in education and employment;
* providing resources to individuals, nursing and disability organizations, and educational and healthcare institutions;
* influencing the provision of culturally responsive nursing practice; and
* creating systemic improvements.

NOND was founded in Chicago, Illinois on April 10, 2003 during the Rush University College of Nursing Symposium on Students with Disabilities: Nursing Education and Practice. The Resource Directory was initially created as a request from Rush Symposium participants at the end of the conference in 2003.

Learn more about NOND here: http://www.nond.org/

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Resources for disabled nurses in Canada?

I am writing this on behalf of someone who is looking specifically for resources for disabled nurses in Canada. If anyone is aware of such resources, please leave a comment or contact us. Thank you.
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