The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) is a member of the National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA) Steering Committee. NDLA is a coalition led by 15 national organizations run by people with disabilities with identifiable grassroots constituencies around the country. As a member, NOND requests that you consider assisting our organization in raising funds for the NDLA ADA 25 Celebration which will be held in Washington, DC on July 27.
This exciting community-wide celebration will be the largest ADA Anniversary event in the United States. Please pledge your support today! Sponsor packages are available at all levels and include great visibility to demonstrate your support for the disability community! Sponsorship information and ticket sales are available on the National Disability Leadership Alliance’s website at http://www.disabilityleadership.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=96&Itemid=40.
Please join disability rights leaders and activists, Members of Congress, Administration Officials, and others as we gather to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This community wide celebration is being hosted by the National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA). Individual tickets can be purchased for $50.
A CELEBRATION OF PRIDE, POWER, AND PROMISE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Date: Monday, July 27, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM 11:00 PM
Location: Grand Hyatt
1000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
SPONSORSHIP LEVELS AND BENEFITS
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of NDLA’s ADA 25th Anniversary event please contact:
Registered Nurses With Disabilities: Legal Rights and Responsibilities
Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, APRN, CRRN, FAAN
& Michelle D. Miller, JD, MPH, RN
Purpose: The purpose of this legal case review and analysis was to determine what kinds of cases involving nurses with disabilities are typically brought to attorneys, which cases tend to be successful, and how and when a nurse with a disability should pursue legal action.
The review u sed the standard legal case analysis method to analyze legal cases that have been brought by registered nurses (RNs) with physical or sensory disabilities from 1995 to 2013. The cases span the period following the enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 through the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.
A nurse attorney reviewed the background material to find every case involving an RN with a disability, excluding those with mental health disabilities or substance abuse issues. Case analysis was conducted using standard legal case analysis procedures. Fifty-six cases were analyzed.
The cases were categorized into five types of legal claims: (a) disability discrimination (84%); (b) failure to accommodate (46%); (c) retaliation (12.5%); (d) association (3.6%); and (e) hostile work environment (7%). The cases were largely unsuccessful, particularly those brought under the ADA instead of the ADAAA.
The case analysis revealed that several cases brought by RNs with disabilities using the ADA might have been successful under the ADAAA. In addition, the case analysis has provided vital information for administrators, leaders, and clinical nurses regarding when a case is appropriate for legal action. These findings from this review will help nurses recognize when they are being treated in a discriminatory way in the workplace, what their legal rights and responsibilities are, and at what point they should pursue legal action.
This review has relevance to all RNs working in clinical and academic settings who may have a congenital or acquired physical or sensory disability.
Why Go to College?
A nursing education could mean the difference between a minimum-wage job and a career that pays well and has lots of opportunities.
California Institute for Nursing & Health Care
The Voice of Disability in Nursing
by Holly Clayton, RN, MSN
New Hampshire Nursing News
Recently, I represented NHNA in a monthly American Nurses Association’s Nursing Practice & Work Environment (NP&WE) conference call. With the goal of “promoting the health, safety, and wellness of the nurse and the nursing profession,” this call served to educate and disseminate information of interest to nurses. ANA members included Marie Barry, MSN, Senior Policy Analyst; Holly Carpenter, Senior Staff Specialist; Jaime Dawson, MPH, Senior Policy Analyst and Ruth Francis, MPH, MCHES, Sr. Administrative Assistant. Current projects of the ANA NP&WE include HealthyNurseTM, Safe Patient Handling and Mobility, Fatigue, Safe Staffing and Care Coordination.
Physical Limits on CPR Quality and Methods for Quality Improvement
This is interesting research suggesting that many people are not able to perform effective CPR because of the amount of force required. This researcher is working on this with the hope that the American Heart Association will start teaching people to do compressions with their foot, which is more effective and less exhausting. His data might be useful to someone with a disability who has been told that they cannot be a nurse without being certified in CPR.
Here’s a little more info if you’re interested:
by L’Ecuyer, Kristine Marie, Ph.D., SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY, 2014, 212 pages; 3624082
This dissertation presents a quantitative study of the attitudes of staff nurse preceptors toward nursing students with learning disabilities. There are an increased number of nursing students with learning disabilities. These students may have additional challenges in clinical settings, particularly if clinical settings do not understand or support their educational needs. Stigma exists towards people with learning disabilities, and it is unclear if staff nurse preceptors are accepting of nursing students with learning disabilities and willing to serve as a preceptor.
Attitude was measured with the following four constructs developed for this study: perceived levels of preceptor preparedness, level of confidence in implementation of preceptor role, preceptor beliefs of student potential, and agreement with the provision of reasonable accommodations. These constructs were developed through a review of the literature and found to best represent the dynamic relationship between the preceptor and the preceptee.