How to succeed as a student nurse with a disability

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Getting admitted into a nursing school is always welcome news for any student. Particularly if the student has a disability and knows the chances of him or her being rejected are high.

The fact that you got that admission means the institution is satisfied with your credentials and they believe you have what it takes to train as a nurse. The admissions office has apparently considered your disability and decided you can succeed and find a place in the nursing field.

You may have a prosthetic arm or leg, get regular dialysis, be hard of hearing, have two fingers on one arm because of an accident or anything other disability. Some colleges pay special attention to students who have various forms of disabilities.

Success rules
As a nursing student, you should never allow your physical state to affect your studies. Remember, many students with disabilities complete their nursing course which automatically means that you are not an exception.

The rules for success in life are very simple regardless of whether you have a disability of any kind or not. As a student nurse with a disability, you ought to rise above your physical state if you are to come out successful. Do not start wallowing in self-pity and begin to think that someone else is better than you. From the first day you report to the college, decide to do your best and believe you will succeed.

Although you might experience some form of rejection from a few unreasonable students because of your condition, that should not bother you at all. Try always to focus your attention only on people who matter, people who appreciate you for who you are not people who focus on your disability.

Some students feel embarrassed about their disability; don’t ever feel you have anything to be ashamed of. Make other students understand that you are aware of your situation and you are comfortable with who you are.

Find a mentor
There is nothing as good as having someone by your side who understands your situation. A nurse mentor with a similar a challenge as yours will come in handy when it comes to offering support and suggestions to you. Always feel free to seek advice from him/her on any issues you may have.

Understand your rights
You need to always familiarize yourself with the laws concerning people with disabilities. For example; the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Act on Equal Employment Opportunities -among others. Knowing the law and your rights will avoid any mistreatment, and will empower you while in college.

Feel free to ask for assistance
Learn to be that person who is never afraid to ask for help. Do not pretend to know something when you don’t. Instead, admit your failures and challenges and ask your colleagues for assistance. Don’t allow your ego to stand in the way of seeking knowledge.

You have the potential to come out successful as a student nurse. By accepting your condition and getting a good mentor by your side, and studying widely, nothing will stand in your way. Remember, you are an extraordinary person, and failure is not an option.

Besides, the fact that there are many other nurses with the same kind of disability or maybe, even more, challenging, and emerged successfully proves that you also can succeed regardless of your circumstances. Learn to appreciate and be grateful for who you are and be proud of yourself.

For more resources for nurses with disabilities, visit the Exceptional Nurse Blog.

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About The Author
Joyce Fiodembo is a nurse and author. You can find plenty of resources on her blog;, where she writes to inspire and uplift nurses to thrive. Joyce is the author of “The Foreign Nurses Guide to Settling in America” and “How Nurses Cope with Difficult Coworkers” found on Her other book "Reflections and Prayers for Nurses" can be found on She started her career in Kenya where she worked as a travel, ICU and operating room nurse. Joyce works with nurses who may be struggling with cultural challenges, equipping them to settle down easily. She is also a career counselor, helping nurses with interview skills and resume writing among others. Currently working in Ohio, she enjoys volunteering for mobile clinics abroad. Joyce is passionate about writing and currently has a website with a goal of inspiring nurses worldwide. You can visit her website at
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