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
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.
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.
Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, RN, CRRN, APRN, FNP-BC
- 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
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.
by Liz Perkins ABD, RNMH
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!
by Tewanna R. Cleveland Johnson, R.N.
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.
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.
Watch on YouTube.
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.
Geriatric Nurse, Senior Day Health Program
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.