Give Nurses in Wheelchairs a Chance
Nearly a decade after that experience, Haugh now has a string of letters after her name—RN, BSN, MSN, CRRN—and three jobs, working as a staff nurse at Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago, and as a clinical instructor for Harper College and the University of St. Francis. She also won a DAISY Award last week, which recognizes exceptional nurses. Haugh was nominated by patients, Kathy Antos MSN,RN,CPN, a staff education/clinical analyst at Shriners Hospitals for Children, told me. This is what one of the patients' parents wrote:
"Marianne has continued to be an exceptional nurse. She is always on point with patient's needs, very professional, and has never once allowed the fact that she is in a wheelchair herself prevent her from carrying out whatever task needed to be done. I trust my son in her care hands down and have no doubt others feel the same."
Haugh has proved that she's a competent nurse, but it took a long time for anyone to give her a shot. Prospective colleges told her that if she attended, they'd give her free counseling to help her change her major from nursing. The supervisor on Haugh's first clinical rotation in nursing school flat-out said she wasn't allowed to come. Haugh's instructor went to bat for her, and the supervisor relented, but not without first assigning a nurse just to watch Haugh.
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