Give Nurses in Wheelchairs a Chance
"Look at other similarly situated nurses. How do they do it? Talk to other nurse leaders, Maheady says. "It's being done… in reality I think accommodations are being made quietly and without fanfare."
OK, I counter, but what if a nurse leader simply doesn't want to have to do something like assign a buddy to a nurse in a wheelchair? What if he or she doesn't want to have to make accommodations for the nurses that they hire? Why should they do it?
"You should do it because it would be good for your patients," Maheady says, pointing to Haugh's work at Shriners as an example. Here's someone who's been on both sides of nursing care. Who understands what patients want in a nurse. Who has had to work to combat discrimination and physical limitations and still has the guts and know-how that nursing calls for.
"I think that Marianne's employment there is sending a powerful message to patients in bed," Maheady says. "There's hope. I can have a career, I can have a life. I think an organization that employs a Marianne sends a powerful supportive message."
Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.
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