Can I Be a Nurse if I Have Intermittent Conditions?
Absolutely, you can be a nurse if you have a chronic, intermittent health condition.
If you have an episodic (intermittent) condition such as epilepsy, migraines, or fibromyalgia, you would be considered to have a disability if any of your major life activities are impaired when the condition is in its active state. When seeking ADA protection, remember that there must be a link between the disability or limitations and the task for which you need help.
Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.
To request accommodations under the ADA, you will need to disclose your condition and provide documentation from your health care provider. Also, contact your local contact your local Center for Independent Living for ideas about accommodations from people who have had similar issues.
If your chronic condition affects a major life activity such as seeing, hearing, walking, sleeping, etc., or a major bodily function such as those of the immune system, normal cell growth, or endocrine system, etc., you are covered under the ADA. Latex allergies also come under this portion of the ADA and its amendments.
Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.