Nurses with disabilities - page 7

I am curious as to how many of the members of this bb are nurses or nursing students with disabilities. By disabilities, I am including congenital problems, injury-related problems, or work-related... Read More

  1. by   rnmom3153
    HI all, I wanted to try to renew this thread with current updated info. I am having serious problems with disabilities, working, (or should I say "not working") and living. I have issues with chronic pain (for years) and now NARCOLEPSY. I have no insurance, no means of support (when I can't work...I've actually been homeless:-(.] I am desperately seeking information, support and help! I've been "narcoleptic" for years, but always blamed everything else! NO MD, THERAPIST, PSYCH,NP...NO ONE has ever picked up on this or suggested sleep disorders! AND it's treatable!! I have an rx for provigil, but no $$$ to fill it! Anyway, please respond if you can! THANKS in advance. The support and info on this board is outstanding, so I know help is out there. I have a strong faith, as well.
  2. by   curlyfries
    First thing first, you need to go to your local department of human services and apply for Medicaid, temporary assistance and food stamps. Note that you have a emergency where they can approve your application for Medicaid and food stamps within a week. If you're approved for Medicaid, they will pay for your medical bills three months prior.

    http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medicaid/

    Secondly you need to call or visit the Social Security Administration to schedule an appointment for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. That process will take six months however they can approve you for SSI while you wait. You'd would have to provide medical documents or they will request medical documents from your health care providers.

    http://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability/

    Don't wait too long do it ASAP!
  3. by   curlyfries
    I love that saying and it's true for me. I am too hearing impaired studying to be a nurse. There are two website that would be great resources for those who are hearing impaired and/or disabled that are considering going into nursing/medical field.

    http://www.exceptionalnurse.com/


    http://www.amphl.org/

    He also always wears a button on his labcoat that says, "I'm not deaf, I'm just ignoring you!"[/QUOTE]
  4. by   Meerkat
    I know this is not the same, but I suffer from severe dyslexia and I know other nurses must think I am crazy when I ask them to double check my meds for me, because I am very afraid of inverting numbers on dosages.
  5. by   curlyfries
    I believe dyslexia is a true disability because you have to over compensate. I remember of a time when I had my first transplant and I was on the PED floor. I had a PED nurse with a disfigured face, she turned outto be a great nurse. She shared a story with me about how other nurses would think if she has disfigured face maybe she a little "slow" or "retarded." I have to admire her courage to put up with that kind of stimga and prove those nurses wrong. It is always important to educate your co-workers, bosses and friends about your disability. But never use disability as an exuse for being lazy! lol

    Moi

    Quote from Meerkat
    I know this is not the same, but I suffer from severe dyslexia and I know other nurses must think I am crazy when I ask them to double check my meds for me, because I am very afraid of inverting numbers on dosages.
  6. by   rnmom3153
    I checked out the site exceptional nurse and it looks awesome! Thank you! They even have local support here in Palm Beach County, FL. I really hope others respond to this post, but it is hard to find. If I hadn't been looking for it I never would have found it!! Once again, thank you so much!! Carol
  7. by   curlyfries
    You are very welcome!
  8. by   rnmom3153
    guess not, huh? still struggling here. had a long talk with my boss yesterday. did not go well. oh well.
  9. by   Esme12
    To Anyone,
    Is there anyone out there that has MS and trying desperatly to hide it from the work place or has been the victum of discrimination? I have found recently that Having MS is being looked at as a liability....they the hospital wouldn't have to pay long term disability for a long peroid of time...Please help. lost in boston
    Last edit by Esme12 on Nov 20, '05
  10. by   sweetiepie, rn
    I have ADD and was diagnosed almost 4 yrs ago, while I was in nursing school. It affects me because no matter how hard I tried to get things done during clinicals and when writing care plans or papers, I never could get it done on time. I became very depressed and almost suicidal because I felt like such a failure. I felt like something was wrong but couldn't figure it out. I glanced at symptoms of ADD (by chance or God's intervention) and asked for advice on how to be tested. Even though I was considered "borderline ADD" at first via the initial questionnaire, the various tests showed that I have ADD without hyperactivity. The signs were there in grade school, but I found ways to compensate. I couldn't compensate in nursing school and needed accomadations. I fought hard anyway and graduated on time. I also passed the boards with one try (Thank God).
    When I started as a GN, I struggled the entire year to keep up with my work. I was behing the curve of other GNs and had to have an extended orientation. Talk about humiliation. My boss was very understanding . So was my preceptor. I also found out that another nurse had ADD and she helped me cope with being a nurse and having ADD. I have been a RN for 1 1/2 years and I still struggle with my job, but with a shift change and decrease of hours, I am doing ok. I plan to be a community nurse and hopefully find something more suitable for me.
    I know that ADD is not a physical disability, however it can affect how one copes with the rigors of this profession. Because it is not visible, people do not always understand why it takes longer to do charting or get organized and some even disregard the fact that you have a learning disability. Its not to be a crutch, but its there and one must learn to live with it. I hope that this reply is approprpriate for this forum.
  11. by   working hard
    I to have a disability work related injury in 2-14-2003 I had to have my c5 and c6 fused back together...I work for the VAMC so they are than willing to find something for you, but I got lucky when I went back a job was posted in the clinic area MH and I applied got it. Not knowing I would have a super boss who would understand pain issue's I got Lucky,,,I am working on my BSN as LPN in gov. system I am as far as I can go in pay and positions. I live in WV the pay is much lower for LPN'S after being at the VA 5 years I am at 17.50. ,,,my surgery helped me return to work but there is never a day that i don't have pain and floor work tugging and pulling I don't know if I ever could do again.....RRA
  12. by   Icare4u2
    Yes, yes, yes!!! I so relate to all of this!!! You have to DEMAND what is rightfully yours!! If you need a special phone, they MUST supply it for you!! (I also wear hearing aids) It IS demoralizing! But there are so many of us "disabled" nurses out there with such great stuff to offer!! There is a reason the Americans with Disabilities Act was written. No employer wants to make accommodations-the ADA makes it a requirement. Fight for what is Right!!!
  13. by   SuesquatchRN
    I'm struck that I am sitting here reading a thread by health care workers who don't have medical coverage from their jobs or can't afford to pick it up or have been worked into diability and dropped.

    Oy.

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