Disabled Student Nurses

  1. Hello. I am a Hard of Hearing Student Nurse starting a LPN program in August. I wear Behind the Ear hearing aids and have an amplified stethoscope. Is anyone else here a "differently abled" student nurse?
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    There has been an active thread on this subject in the past - can you do a search? Good luck in school!
  4. by   cherokeesummer
    Yes - I am an insulin dependent diabetic so although I don't have a visible handicap I do have a disability.

    It will be interesting yet challenging throughout nursing school to work with these types of issues.

    Best of luck to you!!!!
  5. by   Tempestcayla
    Hello. I was diagnosed with Crohn's when I was 19 and now have an ileostomy. I also had a stroke when I was 29. I like to think of myself as resilient.
  6. by   DragonflyShell
    Hello, I don't have a physical diability but I do suffer from a mental disability/disorder. I have Attention Deficit Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It can be quite frustrating at times. I do take Concerta especially days I have class to help me concentrate/focus better. But I'm not going to let it stop/hinder me in any way. Shell

    Quote from MassLPN2005
    Hello. I am a Hard of Hearing Student Nurse starting a LPN program in August. I wear Behind the Ear hearing aids and have an amplified stethoscope. Is anyone else here a "differently abled" student nurse?
  7. by   mackinaw
    I am just curious....what do you think about diclosing to nursing instructors that you have Attention Deficit Disorder? Any response or opinions would be appreciated
  8. by   z's playa
    Not too sure what they could do for you....I guess it would depend why...exactly..... you would want to tell them in the first place.

    I have ADD and I havn't ever felt the desire to disclose..... but to each her own

    Z Welcome to allnurses !
  9. by   Hoozdo
    Quote from MassLPN2005
    Hello. I am a Hard of Hearing Student Nurse starting a LPN program in August. I wear Behind the Ear hearing aids and have an amplified stethoscope. Is anyone else here a "differently abled" student nurse?
    I think I qualify - liver transplant 6 years ago and on immune suppressants to prevent rejection, insulin dependent diabetic. I have never gotten sick once from clinicals. I graduate as an RN this month
  10. by   gemini08
    I have a few Orthopaedic problems and have had 3 reconstructions on my knee thus far. I still am having a problem but the reason is I did not go to a very experienced Surgeon for my complex knee issues previously. That means I more than likely will be having another reconstruction in the next 2 months out of state. My educational goals have been put on hold since last Dec. and I am really upset that all this time has past but I am not going to give up in my goal to being an RN. I have been a practicing Registered Dental Hygienist for over 13yrs and my time has come to start anew. Has anyone had some major knee problems like me? I've been told by a few people that I am crazy thinking of becoming an RN because of all the time spent on your feet and that my knees would never hold up. But there are so many different areas of Nursing that one can specialize in. I am very interested in starting out probably at a hospital on the Neonatal unit and then progressing into maybe a home care setting. I am a bit nervous about getting recertified in CPR (it has been a few yrs since I've last certified because of my knee surgeries) I think that adjustments can be made to doing the skills tests, say having the manequins on a table rather than on the floor. Oh well I am not going to worry about that right now. I am hoping & praying to start school again in Fall 06'. I can't wait to go back to classes, I am going to be 36 in a few months so time is ticking away. I have much determination and hope to fulfill my dream of becoming an RN. Please respond if you have been in a similiar situation. I never in a million yrs would think I'd be disabled. I wish all disabled Nursing students much success in their endeavors. Susanrdh
  11. by   NeoNurseTX
    Quote from DragonflyShell
    Hello, I don't have a physical diability but I do suffer from a mental disability/disorder. I have Attention Deficit Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It can be quite frustrating at times. I do take Concerta especially days I have class to help me concentrate/focus better. But I'm not going to let it stop/hinder me in any way. Shell

    Oooh, I was diagnosed w/ OCD, too. I'm on Luvox. No better place to work - somewhere that REQUIRES frequent handwashing. :chuckle
  12. by   DD-RN
  13. by   studentnurserachel
    I am graduating in May with a woman who is hard of hearing and wears a hearing aid. She is one of the best students in the class, she had to deal with the instructors a bit at first because they tend to look down at their notes or face the board and she really needs to see faces and combine lip reading with the hearing aids to function, but the instructors adjusted pretty quickly and she's done great in class. Best of luck to you, I know you'll do great!
  14. by   mattdixon
    I have sports/weightlifting injuries in my knees (double ACL tears, 2 surgeries for each knee so far, and hopefully forever) and I do start getting fatigue in my legs after a 8-10 hour shift, but I've manage to get through it by keeping my legs strength trained. I'm also "legally" blind, but that's nothing a pair of contacts hasn't fixed, so I just keep an extra pair on me in case I was to lose one. And I do have occasional social anxiety (I guess not techically a disability) but I just get through that with grit, and refrain from prescriptions to do it.

    Glad to see others are making it too!

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