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This paralyzed nurse wants to give back, so why are employers stopping her?

Latisha Anderson may be confined to a wheelchair, but she’s determined to put her hard-earned nursing degree to good use in the service of others. And the wheelchair isn’t what’s stopping her—the stigma associated with it is.

Below, Latisha shares her inspirational journey, from the moment she decided that she wanted to give back to the community to the moment when she was refused an opportunity to do so.

Nurses—lend your eyes and ears to this thought-provoking video, then tell us what you think about Latisha’s experience in the comments section below.

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2 Responses to This paralyzed nurse wants to give back, so why are employers stopping her?

  1. wildrose

    Please let her and encourage her to return to work…….she has so much to offer and there is so much to nursing that we could so use her expertise……let the other nurses do the tasks that require use of legs etc……let’s utilize her brain

  2. carolslee1949

    I just don’t know what to say. This remarkable young woman completed her nursing education. She could have applied for a Disability and lived off the government, but instead elected to get a nursing job. I personally know people who are considered “disabled”, and I really wonder how they qualified for their benefits. Certainly, her new employer knew she was in a wheelchair. I realize she hadn’t actually begun her new job, but isn’t there a legal ramification here? I would encourage her to pursue her career and this job, if this is what she really wants to do. Otherwise, I’m sure there are other jobs she can get, such as telephone triage, in which her wheelchair status would not be questioned. Please keep us updated on her efforts to work in nursing!

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