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Nursing From a Wheelchair

The United Spinal Organization reported the following about Andrea Dalzell:

"As a wheelchair user striving to become a nurse, Andrea Dalzell has been surrounded by doubt from day one. Nursing school administrators questioned her ability to complete the program. Hospital administrators told her insurance wouldn’t cover her. Faculty doubted her ability to safely administer the duties of the job."
"Dalzell, 29, learned to tune them out. “I detach from whatever situation is actually happening and just take a moment to remember why I’m doing it,” she says. “Part of that is to say that I’m out there in the world doing something that someone told me that I couldn’t do.  And that’s something that we’ve all been told at one point or another, that we can’t do something. That’s my fuel for the fire. Tell me I can’t, so that I can show you how well I can.”

"Whether it was passing finals with the highest grades, receiving exemplary feedback from patients’ families or simply figuring out a way to accomplish her daily responsibilities from her chair, Dalzell has done more than just show she can be a nurse; she has proven she can be an excellent one. Later this year she will graduate from the College of Staten Island with her bachelor’s in nursing and take her boards. Then she will finally be a nurse."

Bravo Andrea!

Update: Andrea graduated from nursing school and passed her boards!

Guest Blog post by Donna Maheady, this post originally appeared on ExceptionalNurse.blogspot.com

Donna Carol Maheady, ARNP, EdD, the mother of an adult daughter with autism and related disabilities, is a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and an Associate Graduate Faculty member in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Maheady has conducted research on the experiences of nursing students with disabilities, published numerous articles and is the author of Nursing Students with Disabilities Change the Course (winner of the American Journal of Nursing 2004 Book of the Year Award), Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses working with disAbilities. The Exceptional Nurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disabilities. She is the founder of ExceptionalNurse.com a nonprofit organization for nurses and nursing students with disabilities http://www.ExceptionalNurse.com and can be followed at http://exceptionalnurse.blogspot.com and https://twitter.com/ExceptNurse.

Donna is one of the newest members of our Affiliate Program, you may see our continuing education courses on her site ExceptionalNurse.blogspot.com. To support Exceptional Nurses click on the course title of interest from the blog link. 
Posted: 5/18/2018 10:29:01 AM
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