NOND Partners
Through NOND's outreach efforts, we target education and advocacy to a variety of people ranging from nursing students with disabilities, nurses with disabilities, nursing faculty, health care administrators, researchers, and organizations such as nursing schools, health care facilities, and policy/regulation organizations.

Students with Disabilities
  • Educate and advocate for people of any age who have or develop disabilities, who want to return to school, and who seek vocational counseling, so they can learn about nursing as an attainable career choice.
  • Provide NOND website resources for youth and students with disabilities who are interested in nursing, including a checklist for self-advocacy in gaining entrance into nursing programs or remaining in those programs if already enrolled.
  • Network with student organizations that work with youth/students with disabilities to inform them that nursing is a career option.
  • Advocate for students with disabilities to gain equal access to nursing educational programs.
  • Develop an effective plan for advocating for students with disabilities who plan to apply or have already applied to nursing education programs so that they may be provided with support, information, and accommodations.
  • Develop a mentoring program for youth and students with disabilities who want to become nurses or who are already enrolled in nursing programs.
  • Promote the education of youth and students with disabilities in development and implementation of self-advocacy skills.
Guide to BSN Programs
This site provides a directory, comparison tool and guide to RN to BSN online Programs. My team and I want to make sure that potential RN to BSN candidates have all the information they need to make an informed decision about their careers.
Guide to Accelerated Nursing Programs
This site was created to assist prospective nursing students in finding answers to their questions about studying nursing. Taking part in an accelerated nursing program is a great way to enter the workforce sooner without sacrificing a quality education.

Complete List of Accredited Online Nursing Colleges and Universities - This is a comprehensive database that includes all colleges and universities with nursing programs that are officially recognized by the Department of Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Nursing Education: Have you considered nursing as a career? There are a myriad of career options within the nursing industry. High paying nursing jobs are not only available, there is a shortage in the nursing industry!

Nursing Journals: Whether you are a newly graduated nurse, a nursing student, or a seasoned RN, you may absolutely benefit from reading nursing journals. It’s an important way to stay connected with what’s going on in your industry.

Find the Right Nursing Career for You: Many types of nursing degrees are available. Here are a few nursing programs and the length of time it will take to complete them. The more education you receive, the better opportunity you’ll have to obtain any number of high paying nursing jobs.

Nurses with Disabilities
  • Educate and advocate for the full participation of nurses with disabilities in all aspects of nursing practice.
  • Advocate that nurses with disabilities have equal access to employment opportunities.
  • Target nurse employers in order to educate and advocate for nurses with disabilities to promote job retention through accommodations for the advancement of their careers.
  • Provide resources on the NOND website that provide information, self-advocacy steps, and skills for nurses whose jobs may be in jeopardy because they have become disabled.
  • NOND website will provide links to other resources that could be of assistance to nurses with disabilities.
  • Provide a medium by which nurses with disabilities may communicate with one another.
  • Combat attitudinal barriers that may be directed towards nurses with disabilities by developing public education programs that focus on the capabilities of nurses with disabilities to create an accepting and inclusive environment in the employment arena and in society at large.
  • Advocate for the development of a "National Center" where nurses with disabilities could go to learn how to use adaptive equipment and technology so that there would be additional options for nursing career choices. Advocate that "Certification Programs" be developed at this "National Center" so that nurses with disabilities would be certified and have reoriented their nursing careers as necessary so that they may return or stay within the nursing field.
Nursing Educators and Nursing Programs

Complete List of Accredited Online Nursing Colleges and Universities - This is a comprehensive database that includes all colleges and universities with nursing programs that are officially recognized by the Department of Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Advocate for the active recruitment of students with disabilities by admissions departments at institutions of higher learning, nursing schools, and other educational programs so that students with disabilities are not denied admission on the basis of their disabilities.
  • Advocate for the removal of "Functional Abilities" criteria that nursing programs may use as a condition of admission.
  • Advocate for the removal of Technical Standards written by each nursing school that would not be inclusive of nursing students with disabilities.
  • Advocate for the education and training of nurse educators, administrators, and staff so that nursing education programs are accessible.
  • Advocate that nursing programs hire nurses with disabilities for faculty positions.
  • Educate nurse educators and administrators about the opportunities in nursing for people with disabilities and the benefits that people with disabilities can provide to nursing and to the larger society.
  • Target graduate schools of nursing to advocate that masters and doctoral students' curricula include educational and legal information about the Rehabilitation Act, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as information about teaching students with disabilities using creative and individualized instruction.
  • Advocate that nursing educators receive in-service education programs that address diversity and inclusion, reasonable accommodations for nursing students with disabilities, and adaptive technology and devices that can be used for teaching and in the work lives of nurses with disabilities.
  • Promote the development of curricula in graduate schools of nursing that focus on masters and doctoral degrees in "Disability and Nursing."
Boards of Nursing/Professional Regulations/Nursing Organizations
  • Advocate at a grass roots level across the nation, state by state, to ensure that nurses with disabilities, as well as nurses and lay persons who are knowledgeable about disabilities, are appointed to serve on the 60 state boards of nursing.
  • Advocate that nurses with disabilities may self-limit their nursing practice since they present no greater risk to public safety than non-disabled nurses.
  • Advocate that members of all state boards of nursing in the country receive ongoing continuing education in regard to ways in which nurses with disabilities utilize adaptive technology, devices, and reasonable accommodations to effectively meet their job requirements and remain in their nursing careers.
  • Address state boards of nursing in regard to the granting of licensure, granting of renewal, restricting, or denying licensure to nurses with disabilities, and renewal of licenses for nurses who develop disabilities after their licenses were received, by advocating that "Functional Abilities" criteria, used on the basis of concern for public safety, are unfounded and promote discrimination.
  • Advocate for the development of policies and guidelines within professional and practical nursing organizations that would provide for full inclusion and acceptance of nurses with disabilities.
  • Work with national professional organizations that represent RNs and national organizations for LPNs and their state chapters if appropriate, through their administration and membership, to advocate and educate regarding the need for a "Reasonable Accommodations and Adaptive Strategies Guide" for schools of nursing and other educational programs that would assist in understanding reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Advocate that continuing education courses for nurses that are sponsored by nationally accrediting organizations be held in accessible facilities, and that accommodations be provided as needed.
  • Ensure through advocacy and education that accommodations are provided for nurses with disabilities before and during examinations by the state boards and testing agencies when nurses with disabilities request such accommodations for NCLEX and certification examinations.
Disability Community

LEAD Center partners with NOND
During the next five years, LEAD Center will work with partners to:
  • Improve effective participation of people with disabilities in the workforce development system;
  • Improve coordination and collaboration between state and local workforce development agencies and other major systems of service and supports for people with disabilities;
  • Increase knowledge and understanding about effective stay at work and return to work strategies for the mature worker; and,
  • Build the availability of financial capability supports and services to compliment other services available within American Job Centers.
Lead Center
The LEAD Center mission is to advance sustainable individual and systems level change that results in improved, competitive integrated employment and economic self- sufficiency outcomes for individuals across the spectrum of disability.

The LEAD Center seeks effective partnerships in the public workforce system including state workforce agencies, state and local workforce boards, and representatives of other systems of service delivery and supports to youth and working age adults with disabilities.

Leslie Neal-Boylan

Associate Dean and Professor in the School of Nursing at Quinnipiac University and a certified family nurse practitioner, rehabilitation nurse, and home health nurse. Current clinical practice is at Care Medica in Hamden, Connecticut. Programs of study include a BSN from Rutgers University ('81), MS in nursing from San Jose State University ('92), and Ph.D. in nursing from George Mason University ('98). Dr. Neal-Boylan is certified in rheumatology by the Amercian College of Rheumatology. Her primary foci are the topics of disability, home health, rehabilitation, chronic illness, and gerontology. Current research relates to registered nurses with physical and/or sensory disabilities.

Recent Publications

An Exploration and Comparison of the Worklife Experiences of Registered Nurses and Physicians with Permanent Physical and/or Sensory Disabilities
Rehabilitation Nursing
Leslie Neal‐Boylan
DOI: 10.1002/RNJ.00005

Nurses with Sensory Disabilities: Their Perceptions and Characteristics 
Rehabilitation Nursing
Leslie Neal‐Boylan, Kristopher Fennie, & Sara Baldauf‐Wagner
DOI: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2011.tb00062.x

Nurses With Disabilities: Professional Issues and Job Retention
This is the first research-based book to confront workplace issues facing nurses who have disabilities. It examines their experiences, roadblocks to employment, and misperceptions surrounding these nurses. Also discussed are solutions for creating positive attitudes towards them and a welcoming work environment that fosters hiring and retention. From the perspectives and actual voices of nurses with disabilities, nurse leaders, nurse administrators, and patients.
Nurses With Disabilities Boylan