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Nurses with Disabilities Find On-the-Job Support

Nurses with Disabilities Find On-the-Job Support

Linda Childers / Monster Contributing Writer

Finding a Niche

Today, Cook is working as a telephonic nurse case manager for UnitedHealth Group in Chicago.

“Nursing is a profession with a zillion niches,” she says. “There is a nursing job to fit every nurse’s unique situation and skill set.”

Cook notes that United hires a fair number of nurses with disabilities and is willing to make accommodation for employees.

“Many of us work from home after in-house training, and working from home does not preclude advancement within the company,” she says.

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    about 6 years ago


    I am a 36 year old who worked as a CNA and then had a stroke and was given a pacemaker/ difibulator implant now i want to go back to work and no one wants to hire me they arent saying that but i know its that because they think im a liability . I am starting nursing school in January an i hope the school wont have a problem with my disability .

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    about 6 years ago


    I am a 57 year old nurse who was recently diagnosed with tendonitis of my left wrist. I happen to be left handed so of course writing is the cause of my ailment. I usually work the 7p-7a shift at an inpatient hospice so I don't have to do as much paperwork as say the day shift nurses. But with regs that say the RN must do all admissions and discharges I am left with tons of paperwork. since each admission takes 1-3 hours depending on how fast one can write. At nite I can do the paperwork at my leisure, so I manage.
    In the mid 60's when I was 15 I had a benign brain tumor called an acoustic neuroma. It was so expensive they had to remove part of my cerebellum, the part that controlled my left hand. I literally lost my mind and could not write !. I tried learning to write with my right hand, practicing diligently under the of my mom. but for some reason I found it easier to relearn to write with my left hand. My dabbling into ambidexterity was influenced by the difficulties of living in a right handed world, so when it became painful to write with my left hand I began trying to write with my right hand. It became easier to write with my right hand rather than doing the exercises physical therapy gave me, so I now do my paperwork with my right hand.
    I think I can find another job if my very sloppy handwriting ever became an issue. Meanwhile my fellow nurses help me out. For instance one nurse gives me his notes from report to save me from writing so much. I think there is too much paperwork in hospice anyway, but that they say is another story.

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