Supporting disabled nursing students in practice: a tripartite approach

Here's another great article about disabled students titled, "Supporting disabled students in practice: a tripartite approach." Here's the abstract:

Universities are required to make reasonable adjustments for disabled students. For providers of professional courses, in this case pre-registration nursing, this requirement is perceived to pose significant challenges. In part this is due to the nature of the course, where practice learning is a central component and therefore clinical hands-on experience of the care of patients/clients is an absolute requirement. Concerns around the ability of disabled students' to meet the programme requirements have been expressed. This article describes the co-development of a six-phase tripartite model that provides a supportive framework for disabled student nurses in the practice environment. A brief overview of the literature will be given and a single case study will be used to demonstrate the model in action. The development of broad partnership working between the Practice Learning Team, The Disability Service and the Student Placement Facilitator, taking a student centric approach, is outlined. Finally, the process by which a critical knowledge base, on which decisions around reasonable adjustment can be made is discussed. Copyright 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Griffiths L, Worth P, Scullard Z, Gilbert D. Supporting disabled students in practice: a tripartite approach. Nurse Educ Pract. 2010 May;10(3):132-7. Epub 2009 Jun 6.
PMID: 19502110


  1. Observation is an important skill to all nurses especially if they're handling patients with acute mental illnesses.

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  2. Students with disabilities are often discouraged to take nursing course because this job requires physical strength.

  3. I know a lot of great and intelligent nursing students that have disabilities in our school. I have talked to one of them and I'm amazed on his dreams.

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  4. We should not underestimate them. Disabled nursing staff have value inside the nursing community. They can do clerical work, research and data entry inside the community that doesn't require excessive movements.

  5. I agree that this job really requires physical strength, which can be very difficult for students with disabilities. I think that in order to support disabled students, the program's implementation requires a more multi-disciplinary approach and even then it still won't be an easy task.

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  6. I totally agree with you, Spencer. Programs like these requires a more planned and multi-disciplinary approaches. It's easier said than done.

  7. The biggest obstacles to nursing students is the pessimistic outlook from nursing faculty. People spend more time worrying about what you CANNOT do than focusing on things you can do and ways to conquer or deal with limitations.

    There are so many ways to deal with the physical aspects. Naysayers focus on the can't when you really need encouragement, assistance and ideas to get things DONE.


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