Quote from KatieMI
Well, nursing is in fact more "accomodating" than, for example, many areas of human medicine. Problem is in finding the precise place, but after that "there is the will, there is a way".
One of the most amazing nurses I've met is a local cancer center case manager who is legally blind. She never did anything administrative before being diagnosed and given bad prognosis, and never worked in onco as well. She managed to get super-speedy MSN right before losing her sight. She is the patients' favorite, as they think that she doesn't see what their bodies became after cancer treatment, she is respected and successful and makes money. Sure there are not many more like her, but how many professions will accomodate a person with such a severe disability?
I worked with a wonderful nurse who is legally blind (uncorrected) and she works in cath lab. I worked with a nurse who was born with only one full arm...yet she functions equally with everyone else.
When is the last time you saw a nurse, nurse educator, manager, administrator... with a cane or needed a scooter/wheelchair? Who's physical limitations limit their physicality? A nursing program
that allowed a student to go part time to accommodate their disability limitations? An educator/administrator/manager nurse who uses an assistive advice while working? Clinical hours are set to a required limit within a set time constraint.
I am a perfectly capable, educated, experienced RN for 35 years. When my disease made it necessary to use an electric chair my educator position was eliminated due to budget constraint....until I was gone. They suddenly found they money again and hired someone younger and NOT disabled. I am no longer employable. I can't even get a telephone triage job. No one wants a sick nurse.
While anything is possible you need to have a plan B in case it doesn't work out. Even if the OP gets into and finishes school and passes NCLEX there is no guarantee he/she will be hired.
The thought of the ADA is great in theory and it helps many of us but it has it's limitations as well. You have NO IDEA how inaccessible places are to a wheelchair...until you need one. The next time you are in a clothing store or a 7-11...think about navigating those isles in a chair with wheels.
Think about being on wheels every time you cross a street and STEP off the curb, get in an elevator full of people, swim in a pool on vacation...attend a public event, get on a bus or train. Think about sitting and wheeling yourself around. I am not complaining (well a little) I am proud of myself and the challenges I face. For me...the glass is half full. I have plenty of will but there is not always a way.
Praemonitus praemunitus or forewarned is forearmed
OP always have a plan B