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Any advice for a disabled nurse?

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BxRN718 has 7 years experience as a ADN, BSN and specializes in ER/MS Tele/ Oncology.

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Hi guys 

I just wanted advice for any nurse regarding finding employment after disability.  I was a ER nurse with background in oncology/MS for 5 years when due to spinal disease during an assignment in California I was left disabled in a wheelchair .  Since that time I had to go through rehab and put my life back together with the new norm of living as a disabled person .  I’m now trying to reenter nursing but am hitting roadblocks .  Recruiters contact me but once I inform of my disability instantly stop communicating with me , I feel slighted and discriminated against because I have so much to give and my disability doesn’t stop me from helping others .  I was thinking of just obtaining my nurse practitioner education but afraid of hitting these same roadblocks once I finish.  It’s frustating that a caregiver who has helped so much in the community gets treated as expired goods once they are deemed defective .  Any advice is helpful and appreciated. 

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SineQuaNon has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in ED, Family Practice, Home Health.

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I find that university associated hospitals are sometimes more accepting. That said, don't mention your disability until the in-person interview, if you feel you can perform the duties of your job with reasonable accommodation. There's no point in shooting yourself in the foot if you've found it to be a non-starter until now. Often once people can see you, they see you as a real person and are willing to make accommodations they may not have been willing to do beforehand.

I'm not quite in the same boat but I have a felony, which obviously gives people pause. I do disclose quite early but if I can have them meet me in person so I can tell them in person first, or send them an email, I find I often do get the interview and even the job offer!

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Check out the post from the nurse who doesn't want to do any patient care, there's some good suggestions there.  Also agree with what SineQuaNon said about not mentioning it until your interview.

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BxRN718 has 7 years experience as a ADN, BSN and specializes in ER/MS Tele/ Oncology.

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I read the thread mentioned, the difference is I don’t hate patients and dont want to totally leave interacting with patients .  It’s a conditions that is out of my control and God put on my lap for some reason , I love the care aspect and interactions .  SineQuanon thanks for the suggestion I’m going to do that , I’ve always had luck popping up at the nursing dept at places and getting jobs that way .  I’m just a honest type of person and like to put stuff up front but I guess in this case I will do that .  

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