Disabled student seeks advice

  1. I am going into the third quarter of a six-quarter RN program and have a physical disability. Mostly, I am limited in lifts and transfers and am working with the disabilities office at my college to request reasonable accommodations. I have earned a 4.0 GPA in my first two quarters of nursing and have an overall 3.95 GPA for my prior AAS degree. I have already encountered some "reluctance" from the nursing faculty to grant my accommodations and am told that the upcoming quarter is very difficult. Any advice from someone who has been through a similar experience? (By the way, I have previous clinical experience and also teach allied health at a technical school.) It is tough enough to get through the courses without having to deal with these kind of mental hassles, and I would appreciate any suggestions or support. Thanks!

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  3. by   hahn80
    Hi Sandra. First of all I want to tell you how brave you are to do what you're doing.
    I'm only in my first year of nursing and I'm already encoutering few barriers.
    Although my situation is not same as yours, I can somehow understand where your
    frustration is coming from. It must take a lot of determination to continue what you' re doing. So far I think you've done excellent in achieving good grades and completing clinicals. It is sad that some people around you don't appreciate your effort and ability enough to support you like they should. Although I can't give you any practical advice, I just want to support you and say believe in yourself and just keep going because I truly believe that all hard times are there to prepare you for the better future ahead. =)

  4. by   traumaRUs
    Congrats on doing so well and getting so far. I am an ER RN and my guess to their reluctance is due to liability issues. I know in our ED, when someone has lifting or weight restrictions, they don't do clinical care, because you can't guarantee that a pt won't fall or that you might get into an emergency and have to help. I'm sure you have thought of all this and have adjusted your routine. I really do with you the best.