[Via Health Leaders Media]: According to a report in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the student, Jessica Wells, sued Cox College in Springfield, MO after the college dismissed her from its nursing program in early 2008. In its dismissal letter to Wells, the college asserted that her “hearing loss would substantially limit (and in some cases completely limit) [her] ability to safely perform clinical rotations.”
Wells sued the school, and although a summary judgment initially ruled in favor of the college, the Missouri Southern District Court of Appeals overturned that ruling. A jury in a trial earlier this month sided with Wells, saying that the school should have provided reasonable accommodations for her to participate in the program.
|Would You Hire a Deaf Nurse?
A nursing school boots out a deaf student over concerns that her hearing loss would limit her ability to safely perform clinical rotations. Nonsense, says the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss. There’s a moral conundrum playing out …
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