Can I Be a Nurse if My Vision is Impaired?

Can I Be a Nurse if My Vision is Impaired?

Absolutely, you can be a nurse if you have a visual disability. You may have been told that you could not be a nurse, but NOND has Board members with visual impairments who are successful nurses. After you look at the resources on our website, one of these nurses would be happy to talk with you about their adaptations, if needed, but remember that you must learn to be your own advocate.

The ADA Amendments specify that mitigating measures or devices such as special eye wear cannot be considered in determining whether a person has an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (the criterion for protection under the ADA). This means that your bioptics (described below) or other special adaptations that help you function well do not disqualify you for protection under the ADA.
In addition, here are some specific suggestions from our Board members about how you might adapt to the clinical setting:

Also see:
How Can I Master Clinical Skills if I Have Impaired Vision?

Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

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