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If you are a student with a disability considering a nursing career, this is the place for you. If you are a nursing student with a disability, this is the place for you. If you are a nurse with a disability, this is the place for you. If you are a nursing educator or a guidance counselor working with a student with a disability, this is the place for you. is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 resource network committed to inclusion of more people with disabilities in the nursing profession. By sharing information and resources, 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. This web site is maintained by Donna Maheady, Ed.D., ARNP, an advocate for nurses and nursing students with disabilities. For a copy of her curriculum vitae/resume send an email to:

Get creative with our new Exceptional Nurse coloring book! Twenty-three nurses with disabilities are illustrated working in a wide variety of healthcare settings.
I am a nurse: Color me Exceptional!
(Amazon Link)
Color me Exceptional!

Read the new book from Dr. Donna Carol Maheady
The Exceptional Nurse: Tales from the trenches of truly resilient nurses working with disAbilities
(Amazon Link)

Read a chapter by Donna Maheady called "Disabled Nurse Power: Stand, Sit or Roll in it!" from the book:
"From Frustrated to Fulfilled: The Empowered Nurses' System" edited by Lorie Brown.
A compilation of nurses' stories about how to rediscover the joy, freedom, and passion in nursing.
(Off-Site Link)

Read and follow the Exceptional Nurse Blog!

"Nursing With the Hand You Are Given: A Message of Hope"
(YouTube Link)

"The Disabled Nurse: Focus on Abilities"
(Vimeo Link)

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Pedagogy Online

Pedagogy is the art and science of teaching, instruction, and training. It is the goal of Pedagogy to offer the most current course content, with the highest possible quality, using a variety of education methods and strategies.

Thank the Exceptional Nurse
This slide show was created by as a tribute to nurses with disabilities for Nurses Week. It features nurses from all over the USA who have various disabilities. The show is a celebration of ability!

Exceptional Nurse Holiday Slide Show
Nurses and nursing students with disabilities from around the world are included in this message of hope and peace.