Thank you to Dr. Donna Maheady and the Board of Directors of Exceptional Nurses, an advocacy group for the thousands of disabled nurses and student nurses in the United States, for their endorsement of the National Nurse Act of 2006.
June 4, 2007
Dear Congresswoman Capps,
On behalf of ExceptionalNurse.com, a nonprofit resource network for nurses and nursing student with disabilities, please accept our support and endorsement of HR 4903, the National Nurse Act of 2006.
Exceptional Nurse is committed to inclusion of more people with disabilities in the nursing profession. 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.
As a national advocacy group for nurses with disabilities, we support the education and employment of countless nurses with disabilities. Nurses with disabilities bring unique talents and life experiences to nursing care. In addition, nurses with disabilities can be powerful role models for patients by demonstrating the potential in all of us to maintain health and wellness in the face of adversity.
Our organization‘s mission is to advocate for nurses and nursing students with disabilities and to maximize their potential. A national nursing office, a visible symbol, representing all nurses will help with recruitment and retention of nurses.
It is a privilege to add the voice of thousands of nurses and prospective nursing students with disabilities to this effort.
Donna Maheady, Ed.D. ARNP President, www.ExceptionalNurse.com
Author of “Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses working with disabilities”
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, June 07, 2007