Joan M. Fenske RN, MS, PhD

Joan M. Fenske RN, MS, PhD is a frequent contributor to RN Journal with 4 articles published to date.

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RN's informed about skills of Occupational Therapist & Physical Therapists

RN's informed about skills of Occupational Therapist & Physical Therapists

Tags: occupational Occupational Therapist physical Physical Therapist therapist therapy

Registered Nurses do not differentiate between the applied skills of the Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist, nor do Registered Nurses realize it is the Occupational Therapist who is responsible for prescribing patients with developmental disabilities the type and configuration of an appropriate wheelchair.

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My Pet Rock and Other Fictions

My Pet Rock and Other Fictions

Tags: brain damage Disabilities family

Mother of son with severe disabilities explaining to her daughter why parents never divorced as they & the family experienced the tragedy of a brain damaged son.

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A Man Apart 

A Man Apart 

Tags: developmental disability human rights sexually active women

The idea of individuals with developmental disabilities becoming sexually active was disconcerting. Imagine having a daughter with disabilities, with limited cognitive comprehension, how could you protect her from tragic sexual encounters? Past abuses were common as institutionalized women were sterilized without consideration of their basic human rights.

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