Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD CRRN APRN-BC, is a professor of nursing at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT.
Nurses with Sensory Disabilities: Their Perceptions and Characteristics
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2011 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 36, Issue 1, pages 25–31, January-February 2011
How to Cite
Neal-Boylan, L., Fennie, K. and Baldauf-Wagner, S. (2011), Nurses with Sensory Disabilities: Their Perceptions and Characteristics. Rehabilitation Nursing, 36: 25–31. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2011.tb00062.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
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A survey design was used to explore the perceptions and characteristics of registered nurses (RNs) with sensory disabilities and their risk for leaving their jobs. An earlier study found that nurses with disabilities are leaving nursing and that employers do not appear to support these nurses. Work instability and the mismatch between a nurse's perceptions of his or her ability and the demands of their work increase risk for job retention problems. This study's convenience sample of U.S. RNs had hearing, vision, or communication disabilities. Participants completed a demographic form, three U.S. Census questions, and the Nurse-Work Instability Survey. Hospital nurses were three times more likely to be at risk for retention problems. Nurses with hearing disabilities were frustrated at work. Hearing difficulties increased with years spent working as a nurse. Many nurses with sensory disabilities have left nursing. Early intervention may prevent work instability and increase retention, and rehabilitation nurses are ideally positioned to lead early intervention programs.