Friday, November 15, 2013

Disability Debate in Nursing

Don't miss this perspective article written by Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, APRN titled, "End the DisabilityDebate in Nursing: Quality Care is Fact"

The PDF of the article is hosted on the U.S. Department of Labor website:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows
2013 Call for Applications
Deadline: January 14, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) program is a three-year advanced leadership program for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. Fellows strengthen and improve their leadership abilities related to improving health and health care.

Learn more here.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hospital sued for firing nurse who required cancer treatment accommodations

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has charged Angel Medical Center, Inc. with disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Franklin, NC-based hospital refused to accommodate a hospital employee who had cancer and fired her.

According to the EEOC's lawsuit, Susan Williams worked for Angel Medical Center starting on Dec. 7, 2009 as a full-time registered nurse.  In December 2011, Williams returned to work following extensive treatment for cancer.  At the time she returned to work, she still had five chemotherapy treatments to undergo.  According to the suit, Williams sought an accommodation that would allow her to complete the needed chemotherapy treatments while remaining a full-time employee.  The EEOC alleges that the hospital refused to accommodate Williams and instead terminated her employment.

This alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects employees from discrimination based on their disabilities and requires employers to provide disabled employees with reasonable accommodations unless doing so would be an undue hardship for the employer.  The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Bryson City Division (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Angel Medical Center, Inc.; Civil Action No. 2:13-CV-00034) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.  The EEOC seeks back pay, compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief.

Read here: Hospital Sued by EEOC for Refusing Accommodation to & Firing Employee with Cancer

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Nurses With Disabilities: Professional Issues and Job Retention

This book was published last October:

Nurses With Disabilities: Professional Issues and Job Retention
by Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, RN, CRRN, APRN, FNP-BC

"This book is a must for all healthcare managers, recruitment, occupational health, human resources and for all nurses working within the healthcare setting to gain a full understanding and dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding disability. It should be on all student nurses reading lists."--Nursing Times

"This book will provide nurses with the information to make objective and fact based assessments...Moreover, it will arm nursing professionals with an understanding of how the issue of disability is affecting workforce supply in nursing, how accommodations can provide assistance to individuals with disabilities, and how a balanced and thoughtful approach can allow nursing professionals to function to their fullest."

Geraldine Polly Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Nurses with Disabilities Find On-the-Job Support

There is an article on Monster titled, "Nurses with Disabilities Find On-the-Job Support."

Don't forget about the Job Accommodation Network: This free consulting service provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the employability of people with disabilities.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A tribute to nurses with disabilities for Nurses Week

This slide show was created by as a tribute to nurses with disabilities for Nurses Week. It features nurses from all over the USA who have various disabilities. The show is a celebration of ability!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

National Nurses Week 2013

National Nurses Week 2013 begins on Monday, May 6 and ends on Sunday, May 12

National Nurses Week 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.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Campaign for Disability Employment

The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort between several disability and business organizations that seek 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 as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities at work. People with disabilities can and do make important contributions to America’s businesses every day. By implementing good workplace practices, like maintaining a flexible and inclusive work environment, businesses can capitalize on the talents of qualified people with disabilities, benefitting everyone.

The Campaign is a collaborative effort between several organizations that are working to raise awareness and change attitudes about disability and employment, including:
  • American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD);
  • National Business and Disability Council (NBDC);
  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
  • National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC);
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM);
  • Special Olympics (SO); and
  • U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN).
The Campaign is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

Learn more here:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Nursing informatics

According to AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association), nursing informatics is:

the "science and practice (that) integrates nursing, its information and knowledge, with management of information and communication technologies to promote the health of people, families, and communities worldwide." (IMIA Special Interest Group on Nursing Informatics 2009). The application of nursing informatics knowledge is empowering for all healthcare practitioners in achieving patient centered care.

Nurse informaticians work as developers of communication and information technologies, educators, researchers, chief nursing officers, chief information officers, software engineers, implementation consultants, policy developers, and business owners, to advance healthcare.

AMIA’s Nursing Informatics Working Group serves as the United States’ representative to the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group.

You can learn more about nursing informatics here.

You can browse for nursing informatics jobs in your area here.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Jobs in medical billing

Most nurses didn't go into nursing to work in medical billing. However, if they develop a physical disability, then it may be difficult or impossible to return to clinical work.

Medical billing can be done on a computer and there are assistive technologies that can make it easier to use a computer.

Take a look at some of the medical billing jobs listed here.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Online nursing degree programs ranked by U.S. News

There are a growing number of online nursing degree programs. You can get an LPN, RN, BSN, & MSN by completing your coursework online.

U.S. News evaluated several factors to rank the best online nursing degree programs, including faculty credentials, graduation rates, and student services and technologies. Their "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" include:

#1 Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI

#2 Lamar University
Beaumont, TX

#3 University of Michigan--Flint
Flint, MI

The full U.S. News ranking list of online nursing programs can be found here.

You'll see that they ranked these online nursing schools according to:
  • Faculty Credentials & Training
  • Student Services & Technology
  • Student Engagement
  • Admissions Selectivity

Friday, February 15, 2013

Nursing Jobs

Do you have a disability? Are you looking for a new nursing job? Browse those jobs here.  You'll find positions like:

Professional Nursing Tutor
Faculty Chair - BSN Nursing Program
Nursing Faculty - Instructor
Nursing Home Administrator

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Disability Equality Index (DEI) for nurses with disabilities

The AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities) and USBLN (US Business Leadership Network) are working together to produce a corporate benchmarking tool on workplace policies and practices regarding the employment of people with disabilities.

The Disability Equality Index (DEI) will provide an objective way for companies to benchmark their progress and identify avenues for continued improvement. It will keep practitioners informed of best and emerging practices and point them toward peers in the employer community that are already demonstrating exemplary efforts.

The DEI will become a unique tool that will focus on building relationships and consensus with executives in the private sector to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities throughout the workforce.

You can learn more about the DEI here.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Nurses and the Americans with Disabilities Act

What does the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have to say about Health Care Workers and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

You can read the EEOC’s Questions and Answers about Health Care Workers and the Americans with Disabilities Act here. You'll find answers to common questions like:
  • When is a health care worker an individual with a disability under the ADA?
  • Are health care applicants or employees who are alcoholics or who engage in illegal drug use considered to have a disability under the ADA?
  • What determines if a health care worker is “qualified” to perform a job within the meaning of the ADA?
  • What is a request for accommodation, and what should an employer and an individual with a disability do after a request for accommodation has been made?
  • Will an employer’s “light duty” program satisfy its obligation to make reasonable accommodations under the ADA?
  • and more
Health care is the largest industry in the American economy, and has a high incidence of occupational injury and illness. 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.
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