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Give Nurses in Wheelchairs a Chance

By Alexandra Wilson Pecci  
   December 10, 2013

Although some nurse leaders cling to the rigid requirements of the profession, others are making accommodations for nurses in wheelchairs, sending a powerful message to patients in the process.

A "walking interview" is one of the questionable—to say the least—tactics that one prospective supervisor used during a nursing job interview with Marianne Haugh.

"I had one walking interview…to see if I could handle their huge unit," Haugh recalls, a note incredulity still present in her voice when she talks about it. Haugh was born with spina bifida, and although she can walk short distances, she relies primarily on a wheelchair to get around.

Determined not to let this interviewer get the better of her, Haugh participated in the "walking interview."

"I'll play your game, I'll walk during this interview," Haugh says. So she walked the entire time. Even though was tired. Even though she knew she'd never want to work for this person anyhow.

She didn't get the job.

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Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders.

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