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Blind Nursing Student?

I have been reading articles about a blind nursing student admitted to a CC in New York. Now here it is nearly impossible to get into nursing school. They have a whole list of health and physical requirements as well. Even someone who is color blind wouldn't be admitted. So how did she pass the state requirements for admission? Also I wonder if she gets financial aid from Federal or State sources? I just don't understand this at all.

Me neither. Medicine packages don't come in braille. How can she do assessments? Safely transfer patients? Give shots?

What exactly would she be doing? Phone triage, maybe?

There are actually blind physicians, too. Just because someone is blind doesn't mean that they can't be a nurse. There are many different areas that they can work in.

Same way that there are nurses in wheelchairs..............

RedSox33RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept, M/S.

I had a blind diabetes nurse educator once. Not only was she great at her job, but helpful to the diabetics with eye/blindness problems who can't see medicine labels, food labels, etc. She had lots of great tricks and assistive devices.

I researched the Americans with Disabilities Act when I was looking at nursing for a profession. I wanted to make sure my diabetes wouldn't prevent me from going to school or getting hired somewhere, and that I had the opportunity to eat/check my blood sugar when necessary. I don't expect a surgery to halt so I can check my blood sugar - it's my responsibility to take steps to prevent a high/low when I may not be able to check or eat for a while, but I wanted to know that even with my "hidden" disease, I wouldn't be discriminated against.

KaroSnowQueen, RN

Has 30 years experience. Specializes in Telemetry, Case Management.

I can see someone who has been a nurse, becoming blind from an illness/accident, being able to continue their career. That I have no problem with. They could go into education, management, etc.

But how is a blind student going to pass basic nursing? She cannot assess skin color, color of body fluids, see the meds, chart on paper or computer without (I presume) some sort of special assistance, etc. I just don't see how she will pass the basics, let alone progress thru clinicals and physical assessments, etc.

There are actually blind physicians, too. Just because someone is blind doesn't mean that they can't be a nurse. There are many different areas that they can work in.

Same way that there are nurses in wheelchairs..............

I understand but how on earth do they go through clinicals? Maybe they admitted her and think she'll realize her limitations on her own after a while. I'm in no way saying the handicapped are helpless, I'm just stating the obvious.

I'm beginning my pre-req classes in the fall and I am considered legally blind. You can get confirmation through the state and they will pay all your schooling expenses by just giving you a piece of paper to take to the business office. The most you'll have to pay is 50-100 dollars.

Also I think a lot of schools will formulate a special education plan for students with disabilities...she may have different assignments and different clinical rotations where she can learn skills appropriate for her abilities. Obviously there's a lot you can do as an RN other than work at the bedside...as long as she learns the material and can pass the NCLEX, she can probably do a lot of things.

I'm beginning my pre-req classes in the fall and I am considered legally blind. You can get confirmation through the state and they will pay all your schooling expenses by just giving you a piece of paper to take to the business office. The most you'll have to pay is 50-100 dollars.

So how did you type the above statement and read what everyone has wrote on this thread? Did you LIE to the state?

Wow, you know there is all kinds of technology out there to assist blind people with using computers. Feel those little bumps on the F and J keys on your keyboard? And that's just for starters...there's no reason to assume that just because someone is considered legally blind that they cannot use a computer.

Wow, you know there is all kinds of technology out there to assist blind people with using computers. Feel those little bumps on the F and J keys on your keyboard? And that's just for starters...there's no reason to assume that just because someone is considered legally blind that they cannot use a computer.

I am not aware of any technology that would read something typed on this forum out loud to a blind person. If someone can read this forum, then they are not blind.

@Donald11, If you go to the American Foundation for the Blind's website, to name just one, you will find a wealth of information regarding technology to assist people with vision problems. There is software that reads text aloud or enhances/magnifies text. Or, a low tech option is someone who would read aloud this forum to the blind user, which would allow them to respond.

So how did you type the above statement and read what everyone has wrote on this thread? Did you LIE to the state?

Legally blind does not mean they cannot see at all. Their world isn't dark.

Legally blind is 20/200 so what we can see at 200 feet they have to be at 20 feet to see, I believe that's how it's put.

They can see things near their eyes.

So how did you type the above statement and read what everyone has wrote on this thread? Did you LIE to the state?

No of course I didn't lie. I believe strongly in karma and for someone to try to lie and say they're blind is disgusting. I was born this way. Believe it or not my face is so close to this computer screen and I actually was given a computer program from my STATES APPOINTED blind counsler that changes the font size to fit me. Legally blind doesn't always mean you strictly cannot see at all. There are a lot of blind nursing students yet sometimes they need accommodations. Please know all the facts before you start accusing.

Believe it or not my face is so close to this computer screen and I actually was given a computer program from my STATES APPOINTED blind counsler that changes the font size to fit me. Legally blind doesn't always mean you strictly cannot see at all. .

I believe you. In Ohio, there's a commercial that comes on for a program that assists the blind and deaf where they talk about all of the resources they offer and one of them is a computer screen where the font size is adjusted. Their motto "Know You Can"

I believe you. In Ohio, there's a commercial that comes on for a program that assists the blind and deaf where they talk about all of the resources they offer and one of them is a computer screen where the font size is adjusted. Their motto "Know You Can"

That's awesome. Here in Texas I haven't seen anything like that. I have this issue for my whole life and I am restricted in different ways and I felt hopeless until my state counsler told me I could still go to school if I pleased the beginning of this year. So there is hope out there people!

That's awesome. Here in Texas I haven't seen anything like that. I have this issue for my whole life and I am restricted in different ways and I felt hopeless until my state counsler told me I could still go to school if I pleased the beginning of this year. So there is hope out there people!

Yes there is! They advertise quite a bit too so I'm sure they are reaching people who may have never known such resources existed.

Good for you for staying strong and pursing a dream despite your vision restrictions. :rckn:

dudette10, MSN, RN

Has 9 years experience. Specializes in Med/Surg, Academics.

I am worse than 20/200 in both eyes, but my vision is correctable to 20/20 with regular lenses. Knowing what I can and cannot see/can and cannot do when I don't have glasses or my contacts in, I can assure you that a legally blind person can become a nurse, depending upon the extent of the vision issue.

If you wanted to be a truck driver, though, I would have my reservations. ;)

ok hello everyone I am a legally bllind nurse and yes it is hard to work effectively as one really depends on the chosen field of work.It irritates me when sighted ple assume nothing is possible for us to accomplish in this field of practice. I am now in school going into criminal justice then law school hopefully I will not be discriminated based on what I can not do but be gainfully employed for what I can do. yes common sense is needed in nursing when choosing what you can do as a legally blind person but anything is possible with the right adaptive equipment it is against the law for any employer to refuse you work in nursing without allowing you adaptive equipment or being allowed to use them.I am sooooooooooo tired of defending my rights to work in any field of work due to what I can't do.People who are not in my shoes will never understand and isn't this what we all should have as nurses Empathy ....

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