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I am a disabled nurse who has been able to work for the past 15 years with reasonable accommodations. Your summation is the best I have ever seen. I'll be bookmarking this thread for reference for future discussions on the topic.
I've also learned with time that the biggest barriers I've encounter have been other nurses. Heaven forbid they think someone has the cushier job than they do. I hope they never find themselves in a position where they are too broken to do a job but not broken enough to qualify for disability.
And For example..........Dee Angel and dishes??? "Dee Angel Re: Nurse with disability Sorry but if you can't do the job you were hired to do then you need to find something else. The other nurses should not have to tolerate being out of triage rotation because one nurse finds the back work too taxing. She was hired to do the job everyone else does only now she is saying she wants just one small aspect of the job exclusively for herself to hell with everyone else. Buh bye! Time to find a job where the job description you are hired under specifics that it is a triage only position dishes Re: Nurse with disability It can be argued that this type of accommodation is a hardship for the employer because it inhibits capacity building and may result in suboptimal patient outcomes. If the hospital follows a capacity building framework and the goal of the framework is to have an optimal number of nurses with complementary skills, to provide the best possible patient outcomes, then having one nurse do all the triage, minimizes the other ER nurses' triage skill building and may decrease patient outcomes."
When I was an ED nurse, I called triage "The Penalty Box", I would have paid someone extra money to work in triage 100% of the time. I have dealt with both of these points of view and find both trains of thought disturbing, hurtful, intolerant and disappointing. Someone who is disabled can contribute as much as someone who is not. The diagnosis of my auto-immune disorder did not affect the function of my brain nor did it diminish my experience, intelligence and ability to teach. I realize the ED is out of the question but I have plenty to share and teach. I am an excellent mentor and could do so from my electric chair. My inability to walk does not diminish my capacity to think, lead and make valuable contributions to my profession and employer.
Alas....I have been unable to convince others to believe that this is the case so I come and spend time with my new friends on AN.
Your are very lucky....I have not found the profession so understanding. I finally gave up, ran out of money, and went on SSDI......my work disability went belly up with the position (another very long story). I plan on writing a "How to avoid this happening to you!"
book as I've learned some valuable lessons (in both the private and public sectors) and information during my journey..........but remember something for me kids........
no matter how nice your employer is now will not predict their behavior in the future
(for example: if they are bought out). Be knowledgeable and prepared. Peace:redpinkhe