Is Disability A Limitation In Cna/nursing?


Hallo everyone,:redbeathe

I work as a HHA in a nursing home facility, my worry is one of my hand is disable,but I can work with it fine and normal like any normal person.Based on my physical taken prior to my employment, the physician got me fit to perform my duties,to date I have performed all my duties with no complains from the clients or relatives.

My worry is I intended to join nursing school in the course of the year, but prefer starting from the CNA level, will my disability cost me,my dream career to be a nurse? Or what kind of disability will limit someone's chance to be a nurse or a doctor?

Your assistances will be highly appreciated?:bow:

jb2u, ASN, RN

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Specializes in ICU, ER, Hemodialysis. Has 5 years experience.

I know of a nurse that only has one arm. She had to "prove" that she could do the necessary nursing duties using her arm and her prosthetic arm. I also know someone that worked with a nurse that is a paraplegic. He had a chair that lifted him up in order to perform his nursing care.

So, I'd say you could do it. I wish you all the best.




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I think being a nurse and a cna is totally different when we are talking about a disabilities of a persons hand. As a CNA I don't have a disability and my hands hurt daily from pulling patients up in the bed. Also when turning a patient, when changing them you at times have to pull on your draw sheets or incontient pad to pull them in the way you want their bodies a lined. When you also want to lift a patient up in a chair you must use your hands. When using a hoyer lift you must use both hands. I don't think you probably would have a great disavantage but your disability may be a problem. The reason I say that is because being a CNA its very much a physical job. I advise you to give it a change though. Trying never hurts! Wish you the best of luck.


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It depends, our schools say they work with people with disabilities but keep in mind the cna job is just about the most physical in med. You do far more grunt work then just about anyone else. My advice is honestly to pursue an lpn or rn where the work is different. But if its what you really want (and your talking to a mildy disabled person) go for it

casi, ASN, RN

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Specializes in LTC. Has 3 years experience.

I say go for it. As long as you can perform normally you should have no problems. Heck even if you can't perform normally but can make adaptations so you can peform just as well as everyone else you should have no problems.

It always bugs me that people limit themselves or others because they have disabilities. Where there is a will there is a way.

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