Meet Andrea Dalzell, the Black Woman Making History as a Nurse Despite Being Wheelchair Bound

Meet Andrea Dalzell, an African American lady from New York City who became a Registered Nurse despite having been wheelchair-bound since infancy. Andrea, popularly known as The Seated Nurse, is making history as the first wheelchair-using nurse in New York.

Andrea was diagnosed with transverse myelitis at the age of five and has struggled with discomfort, muscle weakness, and paralysis ever since, according to her website. By the age of 12, she had become wheelchair-bound due to this ailment. Andrea refused to let her disability define her.

Andrea struggled to find work as a nurse after graduating from the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. She experienced difficulties attempting to persuade hospitals that she could do nursing tasks from a wheelchair.

Despite this, she continued, working as a health director and case manager to support herself while chasing her ambition.

After 76 interviews, her tenacity paid off when she was hired as New York State’s first registered nurse who uses a wheelchair. Despite the epidemic, Andrea remained on the front lines, caring for COVID-19 victims in New York City.

Andrea is not just a nurse, but also a strong campaigner for handicap rights. She was even crowned Miss Wheelchair New York in 2015. Her program, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Access,” strives to help persons with disabilities live fulfilling lives.

Andrea has received numerous accolades for her advocacy work, including being selected New Mobility’s Person of the Year in 2021 and the Craig H. Neilsen Visionary Prize. Her story has been highlighted in a number of media venues, positioning her as a source of inspiration for those with disabilities.

Andrea is still making strides in healthcare, and she uses her experience to encourage and help people with disabilities. She hopes to one day start a nonprofit to help people, regardless of their physical abilities.

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