National Disability Employment Awareness Month Spotlight: Nursing Alum Lindsey Runkel

Lindsey Runkel, a 2019 graduate of the Certificate Entry into Nursing Program at UConn’s Stamford Campus, was hired within weeks of graduation by Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. Lindsey began her tenure at Yale New Haven Hospital in January 2020 and has been working on the transplant floor since, including through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In July, Lindsey was featured in a Forbes article entitled Disabled Nurses Find Covid-19 Silver Lining; Hope For More Inclusive Future. In the article, Lindsey shares some of the challenges she faced as a student with a disability, especially during the job search. She also provides some insight into her hiring conversation with Yale New Haven Hospital and the process of adjusting to a new work environment and team. To learn more about Lindsey’s story, read the full article here.

Lindsey has also been featured recently in an article entitled UConn’s First Paraplegic Nursing Student Inspires Students and Faculty by Fox61, where she shares a bit more about the mountain biking accident she experienced in 2014 that left her wheelchair-bound. The article also features input from Lindsey’s clinical supervisors, faculty members, fellow students, and patients related to her high-achieving performance as a nursing student. Read the full story here.

By Lisa Famularo
Lisa Famularo Assistant Director, Equity and Inclusion