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Nursing Faculty Knowledge of the Americans With Disabilities Act

May, Karen A. PhD, RN, CNE

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000058
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A survey was conducted to assess nursing faculty (n = 231) knowledge of the Americans With Disabilities Act requirements. Only 21% (n = 46) of the participants received a passing score of 78%. While 76% (n = 161) knew that students must provide documentation of a disability to receive accommodation, 49% (n = 104) did not recognize that an individual faculty member may be held personally liable if he/she fails to provide accommodation. Participants’ knowledge of the Act was low and could create barriers to student success.

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Author Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Division of Health Sciences, Neumann University, Aston, Pennsylvania.

Correspondence: Dr May, Neumann University, One Neumann Dr, Aston, PA 19014 (

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Accepted for publication: April 19, 2014

Published ahead of print date: May 23, 2014

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