Donna Maheady's Nursing Blog

Donna Maheady, MSN, EdD, NP 34,802 Views

Hello from Florida! I have been a nurse for over 35 years. Peds is my passion, but I have worked and taught in other areas (community, home health, camps). I am married with one daughter with autism. I quickly became an autism Mom/warrior! My advocacy resulted in writing about nurses with disabilities and founding www.ExceptionalNurse.com.

Resources for nurses and nursing students with learning disabilities

by Donna Maheady - According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), a learning disability is a neurological condition that interferes with an individual’s ability to store, process, or produce...

Blogging for a cause: Tips for nonprofits and charitable groups and organizations

by Donna Maheady - Communication is key! In order to be successful, people have to know about your cause or organization and the work you do. A blog is an excellent place to share information with people who may...

A 1 in 110 nurse!

by Donna Maheady - Congenital heart defects are America's #1 birth defect. Some of the conditions include atrial septal defects, Tetralogy of Fallot, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, transposition of the great vessels,...

Organ, eye and tissue donation helps nurses too!

by Donna Maheady - Organ Donation According the US Department of Health and Human Services, last year, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible. Another one million people received cornea and other...

Keys to success for nursing students with disabilities

by Donna Maheady - The Girl Scout motto regarding “being prepared” is the best advice for nursing students with disabilities. In order to be prepared, you need to take action and do your homework— the sooner the...

Should autism parenting be an Olympic event? A trip to the dentist

by Donna Maheady - Plans for my 28 year old daughter’s “routine” dental visit begin two months ahead of time. I make the appointment and schedule time off from work. Then, I call her psychiatrist to request medication...

Who let the dogs out in nursing?

by Donna Maheady - Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE dogs (especially black labs)! My daughter, Lauren, is 28 and diagnosed on the autism spectrum. She has a service dog from Canine Companions for Independence. Mr. Toy...

Is she artistic or autistic?

by Donna Maheady - My daughter, Lauren, is a member of the group of young adults who grew up on the evolving autism spectrum. For Lauren, a clear diagnosis eluded all of the professionals for many years. Over time, the...

How does writing a blog help nurses with disabilities?

by Donna Maheady - Personal background My daughter, Lauren, led the way for my advocacy efforts on behalf of people with disabilities. Lauren is significantly disabled due to autism and related disorders (mental...

Hard of hearing nursing student dismissed, sued and awarded $75,000

by Donna Maheady - Hard of hearing nursing students Since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990 progress has been made accommodating nursing students and nurses with disabilities in education and...

Do all nurses need 20/20 vision?

by Donna Maheady - Software that reads or magnifies the computer screen, lightweight portable magnifiers, electronic note takers, small hand-held recorders, special reading glasses, talking thermometers, scales and...

Nursing with a hearing loss: Yes you can!

by Donna Maheady - Have you ever found yourself asking a colleague to repeat something? Or, have to take a little longer than usual to assess heart or lung sounds? Ever have difficulty hearing someone on the...

Deaf and pregnant: Live sign language interpreter or video conference for childbirth?

by Donna Maheady - Imagine being pregnant, deaf, afraid and soon to be delivering your second child. Your first child experienced problems and remained hospitalized for almost 3 weeks. In a controversial lawsuit, a...


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