See, this is where you made an incorrect assumption. Notice that I didn't have anywhere in my OP my age????
People that have seen me post know that I am in my late 30's.
I refer to anyone that is 10 years older than me, as older. Just like I would refer to someone that is 10 years or more my junior, as younger. Along that same token, I refer to people over the age of 65 a senior citizen, because frankly, 55 seems to young and the term "elderly" for me, has visions of someone sitting in a rocking chair knitting.
That is just my way of describing people.
If you research my posts, someone posted a thread about "nurses being past their prime"...I was one of the first people to post and ADVOCATE that nurses that have been around "since the bricks were sand" in a hospital, be treated with respect...you can't replace that type of experience and I would be livid if I worked in a hospital where it seemed they were trying to ship those nearing retirement age out.
The entire point of my original point is where do you draw the line with accomodating someone's handicap without putting a patient's life at risk?
The ADA specifically states that an employer must make "reasonable" accomodations...not heroic cost-ineffective, patients-being-put-at-risk accomodations, but "reasonable" accomodations.
I never stated that this woman shouldn't be permitted to be a nurse, I just didn't understand HOW someone with her limitations could be an effective one in a bedside setting.
Granted, I don't know exactly what this woman's handicap is...I don't feel that it's appropriate to ask anyone that question. However, walking seems to be one of the henderances.
If this woman was an already licensed RN (which she isn't), then I can easily see how an RN can teach school, be a case worker or a host of other jobs in a hospital...you can do these jobs if you are in a wheelchair.
But she didn't apply for one of those jobs...she applied for bedside nursing. I'll be on an entirely different floor from her, so I won't get the opportunity to see her work. However, it was something I was very curious about. I didn't go to a special effort to seek out this woman's disability or anything like that...this was something that was discussed in front of the entire group.