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Exclusive: Nurses with disabilities face discrimination in workplace


I have ADHD and throughout my training I'd been really open about it. I wanted to make sure that I would be able to keep patients safe once I was qualified. I had comments such as "why did you think Nursing was a good career choice?" From uni tutors and people out in practice. However there was generally more support than discrimination - it seemed to help being open about it, that I'm medicated, and that I had a real interest in and being open to ideas of how to ensure my more troublesome symptoms could be managed in practice. As an agency health care assistant there was less patience as my time management strategies were more suitable for the nursing role than HCA, and no-one really understood how that could be and so presumed I was crying "label". Negative perceptions about ADHD and lack of knowledge really don't help. On qualifying I moved to a different trust and didn't want to be open about it, fearing that even if there was support, my career was likely to be stunted as a result. A mental health nurse was employed in the same area as me, so I privately told her, believing that she might be a source of support. Instead she told other people whilst pretending to be my friend.

Posted date

6 March, 2018

Posted time

7:34 pm