Financing an education can be a challenge for many nursing students â€” but for some with disabilities the road can be even more difficult. For example, some students may need additional funds to purchase an amplified stethoscope, computer software programs, books on tape, therapy or medication.
Help is available from ExceptionalNurse.com, a nonprofit resource network for nursing students and nurses with disabilities.
By sharing information and resources, ExceptionalNurse.com hopes to facilitate inclusion of students with disabilities in nursing education programs and foster resilience and continued practice for nurses who are, or become, disabled.
The web site provides links to disability-related organizations, technology, equipment, financial aid, employment opportunities, mentors, research, scholarships, continuing education, message boards, speakerâ€™s bureau, legal resources, research and related articles.
The organization awards scholarships to nursing students with disabilities every year. The scholarship awards are based on academic performance, letters of recommendation and an essay on â€œHow you plan to contribute to the nursing profession and how your disability will influence your practice as a nurseâ€. The awards range from $250.00-$500.00.
ExceptionalNurse.com is honored to announce and congratulate the winners for 2010.
Kathryn Lavall lives in Seekonk, MA and will be attending Rhode Island College. She hopes to become a pediatric trauma nurse.
Dianna Honaman lives in Grapevine, Texas and is enrolled in the nursing program at the University of Texas at Austin.
Alexis House is attending the nursing program at Otterbein College. She lives in Wooster, Ohio.
Susan Johnson lives in Providence, Rhode Island. She is attending the nursing program at Rhode Island College.
Alexandra Dimmig lives in Ambler, PA. She will be attending the nursing program at Gwynedd-Mercy College.
Antoinette Sugg lives in Boulder, Colorado and is a senior in the nursing program at Regis University.
Stephanie McCourt lives in Seymour, Connecticut. She will be attending the nursing program at New York University. Stephanie hopes to become a neonatal nurse.
The ExceptionalNurse.com scholarship awards are funded through donations, grants and proceeds from the sale of the books â€œLeave No Nurse Behind: Nurses working with disabilitiesâ€ and â€œNursing students with disabilities change the courseâ€. To make a donation, please visit www.ExceptionalNurse.com.