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4 Reminders for Nursing Students with Disabilities
More and more students with disabilities are being admitted to nursing education programs every year. Beyond admission, the students are progressing, graduating, passing national licensing examinations, and gaining employment in the field.
What do many of these students share in common? Among other attributes, they share motivation, determination, and resilience.
Here are four helpful reminders:
Ask yourself the difficult questions —Can I perform the physical and emotional demands of this profession? Will I need accommodations? If so, are they reasonable? Can I meet the qualifications of the program I am applying to? Am I prepared to face the possibility of negative attitudes from faculty, peers, staff and patients?
Explore resources for assistive listening devices, special stethoscopes, and computer programs. Ask about uniforms, the number of hours spent in clinical settings and whether or not you will need to provide transportation.
The future promises to find more and more nursing students with disabilities in classrooms and clinical sites. Being prepared and doing your homework can make this exciting journey less challenging.