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Hi,

I haven't been around for a long time.

a few years ago I became SCI, L4-S1 with perment Cauda Equina injury, and had to quit school just before starting my clinicals.

I have though about returning to school but I'm really not sure what the point would be if I can find work being wheelchair dependant.

Is there any RN's, BSN's, or students out there who are also SCI and actively working or attending school?

How hard was it getting employment or accepted into clinicals?

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MikeyJ is a RN and specializes in Peds, PICU, Home health, Dialysis.

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Hi,

I haven't been around for a long time.

a few years ago I became SCI, L4-S1 with perment Cauda Equina injury, and had to quit school just before starting my clinicals.

I have though about returning to school but I'm really not sure what the point would be if I can find work being wheelchair dependant.

Is there any RN's, BSN's, or students out there who are also SCI and actively working or attending school?

How hard was it getting employment or accepted into clinicals?

There was a thread a few months ago with nurses who are wheel chair dependent sharing their experiences. Perhaps with a search you could find it -- I couldn't.. sorry!

But I would call the nursing school you were attending and ask them how you could go about getting back into the program and what it would take. They obviously can't deny you admission due you being in a wheel chair -- very illegal. And an employer could not deny you a job based on your disability -- once again very illegal.

I have heard of nurses working in the hospital in a wheel chair. They just have other nurses assist them with tasks that they are not capable of performing. There are also many other nursing jobs you could do while being in a wheel chair - case management, school nursing, quality assurance, and many many more.

I know there are organizations out there that help disabled nurses find jobs -- perhaps a search on Google would help you.

Good look!!

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WDWpixieRN is a RN and specializes in Med/Surg <1; Epic Certified <1.

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I was just in a hospital where there was a RN in a wheelchair.....the thought crossed my mind about any limitations she might have, but it was brief! I definitely think I'd contact your schools/local employers....might also look at the discovernursing.com site and see if there's info there or elsewhere on the 'net!!

Best wishes!!

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