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Keywords

Americans With Disabilities Act, disabled, nurses, nursing education, nursing faculty

 

Authors

  1. Neal-Boylan, Leslie PhD, RN, CRRN, APRN, FAAN
  2. Miller, Michelle JD, RN, MPH

Abstract

The Americans With Disabilities Act requires that nursing programs not discriminate against students with disabilities. This article describes a qualitative study of RNs who had disabilities while in nursing school. As students, participants tried to hide their disabilities, experienced fear and anger from faculty, were frequently told they could never be nurses, wanted to be treated like everyone else, had to work harder than others to prove themselves worthy, and learned to advocate for themselves.