Nurses Making a Difference

Press Release Announcing Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act Advisory Committee: Karen McCulloh

Congratulations to Karen McCulloh, NOND Founder. Appointed to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Advisory Committee. Visit www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/odep/ODEP20142331.htm for more information.


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Disability Rights and Accommodations: Setting A Standard of Care

APHA 2014 Poster Presentation

Tanya Friese, DNP(c), RN, CNL, Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health Nursing, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, IL
Shelia Dugan, MD , Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Preventive Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Sarah Ailey, PhD, RN, CDDN, APHN-BC , College of Nursing, Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL
Paula Brown, MBA , Office for Equal Opportunity, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Background: 
In 1991, Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) chartered the ADA Task Force with a charge to implement policies for individuals with disabilities, champion inclusion, and educate people on how working with and hiring persons with disabilities enriches our global village.
Methods: 
The Task Force meets monthly with members including administrators, staff, faculty, and inter professional students.  Purposefully the task force includes decision makers in human resources, patient services, transportation, building and maintenance, and curriculum, among others, in order to facilitate implementation of solutions to issues with access, discrimination, and accommodation.
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Sarah Hein: Nursing Student Making a Difference

Sarah Hein is a nursing student at University of Detroit Mercy. She is in the accelerated BSN/RN program (second degree option). Sarah has a severe to profound bilateral hearing loss and wears hearing aids. She is oral and knows sign language. 
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Nurses With Disabilities: Professional Issues and Job Retention

Nurses With Disabilities: Professional Issues and Job Retention
Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, RN, CRRN, APRN, FNP-BC

Key Features:
  • Provides solutions regarding professional issues faced by nurses with disabilities
  • Helps nurse recruiters and administrators clarify and strengthen retention strategies
  • Features the voices of nurses with disabilities, nurse leaders, recruitment specialists, and patients
  • Buttressed by four research studies and written by the leading researcher in the field
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Presidential Appointment: Karen McCulloh, RN, BSN



THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 21, 2011
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

Karen J. McCulloh, Appointee for Member, Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled Karen J. McCulloh consults as a Diversity and Inclusion Specialist with businesses and nonprofit organizations to educate on the inclusion of people with disabilities into the labor force.  Ms. McCulloh was the founding Executive Director of disabilityworks, a project of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, from 2005 until 2010.  Ms. McCulloh was appointed by the Secretary of Labor to sit on the Job Corps Advisory Committee from 2006 until 2008, and she served as Chairperson of the Subcommittee on Disability.  In 2003, Ms. McCulloh co-founded the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities, served as President from 2003 to 2005, and is now serving as the Immediate Past President.  Ms. McCulloh also served as the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago.  She was in charge of the agency review for the Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled for the Obama-Biden Transition Team in 2008.  Ms. McCulloh received an RN from the Grant Hospital School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and a B.S. from Loyola University of Chicago. karen_mcculloh

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Like Missing an Arm Should Stop Me Being a Nurse!

Like Missing an Arm Should Stop Me Being a Nurse!
by Liz Perkins ABD, RNMH

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When I left high school I was like so many others – unsure of what I really wanted to be when I grew up. All through my school years I had never felt any different from my peers. But I was different - I was a congenital amputee – I had no right arm save about six inches from the shoulder down. My nick-name was the one-armed bandit – not very original, but having grown up and gone through school with the same group of friends my disability really was a non-issue. Furthermore, prosthetic arms were merely an annoyance to me, I much preferred having the use of my “little arm” as I always referred to it. So anyway – I was one of those kids who really enjoyed school – I was a bright student and did well in sports too. I played for my school teams in hockey, rounders (similar to softball), netball (like basketball), and my strong left arm meant that I was pretty good at all throwing events in athletics!

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The Changes Life Brings!

The Changes Life Brings!
by Tewanna R. Cleveland Johnson, R.N.

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Growing up in a small country town, as a military dependent, I loved children.  I did not have to hold down a job because I babysat a lot.  By my sophomore year in high school, I decided to become a nurse. I loved learning about the body and the way it works. I was a healthy, active, young person.  I loved to play soccer and basketball.  In school, I was an above average student.

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Open the Door, Get 'Em a Locker: Educating Nursing Students with Disabilities


Open the Door, Get 'Em a Locker: Educating Nursing Students with Disabilities


Open the Door Student Perspective
Open the Door Graduate Reflection



This documentary film produced by Bronwynne Evans, RN, PhD and Beth Marks, RN, PhD chronicles the experience of a nursing student who entered a baccalaureate program using a wheelchair. The 23 minute film provides a forum for the voices of nursing students, faculty, administrators, and agency nursing staff to discuss trials and triumphs encountered during this experience. It is a real life example of the exploration of roles and responsibilities in nursing education, experiential learning, shifting perspectives, and being a part of old ways turning into new ways in the world of nursing.



Victoria Christensen

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Ricky Allen Steele, Former NOND Board Member

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Ricky Allen Steele, Former NOND Board Member died September 03, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Rick was a most remarkable man with many talents and an incredible zest for life. He woke up every day whistling like Jiminy Cricket, ready to go, bringing a positive spirit to every situation and to each person he encountered. Born prematurely in a four-room country hospital in West Virginia, he just couldn't wait to get out into the world and make his significant impact on it.

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Geriatric Nurse, Senior Day Health Program


Geriatric Nurse, Senior Day Health Program
Luckily, as a result of being refused entrance to a hospital school of nursing at seventeen, I later graduated from the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) with a BSN, RN, and Public Health Nursing certificate. This story is a description of my 10 years as Director of Medical Services (think Head Nurse) at a community-based, free-standing, day program for the "less-than-independent" elderly. These years (1986-96) happened to coincide with my vision loss due to low tension glaucoma, its treatment, and Sjogren's syndrome.

The Story:
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Labor & Delivery Nurse

Labor & Delivery Nurse
by Leora Heifetz

My name is Leora Heifetz and I have had a visual disability since birth. I work as a registered nurse (RN) on a labor and delivery unit in a level three hospital in the Chicago Metropolitan area and on a daily basis I am engaged in directly caring for patients. My job requires me to monitor women during labor and the delivery of their newborn baby. Upon delivery, I am involved with caring for both mother and child, until they are considered to be stable and are transferred to another unit in the hospital for the remainder of their stay.


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Danielle, a Nurse with a Disability


Danielle, a Nurse with a Disability

Born missing a limb from her elbow, Danielle found ways to succeed in nursing school, graduate and land a job as a pediatric nurse.

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