Is this prejudicial - page 3

Good morning! I am an RN working in a nursing home. I am scheduled for 32 hours a week on days. I am hearing impaired, and do very well with amplification. My employer now want to initiate a... Read More

  1. by   lovemyjob
    Quote from jprn05
    I am not in a position to buy all kinds special aids, such as blinking lights, vibration devices, or a hearing dog to alert me to the phone while I am sleeping. If that is required, then I think it is time to move on.
    No reason to get all huffy about people offering suggestions for non-profits who might be able to help. You said in the above post that you didnt have the means for extra devices.

    The inconsistant messages throughout this thread make it very suspect......
  2. by   jprn05
    I think I am just getting frustrated. My employer knew I was hearing impaired and that my hearing aids are my connection to the world. So not only did they say that was not a problem, they also assured me that it would not be an issue as I have an amplified stethoscope and I read lips. Maybe a better way to handle this would have been for my manager to take me aside and discuss it with me before telling me it is mandatory. I understand job duties may change, but I feel like I am being forced to make a decision to leave, or make changes that no other staff member would have to consider. Some of these devices require special wiring, and they are pretty costly. This is a nursing home, and not a very wealthy one. Well, I think it may be a good idea for me to find a job with a union.
  3. by   I_am_Julia
    I think if you self identified during pre-employed, you should be ok.


    Quote from jprn05
    Good morning!
    I am an RN working in a nursing home. I am scheduled for 32 hours a week on days. I am hearing impaired, and do very well with amplification. My employer now want to initiate a mandatory call for rotating shifts. I don't mind day or evening, but I cannot do nights. I live alone, and cannot sleep with my hearing aids. My employer was informed of my hearing loss at the time I was hired which was three and a half years ago. I have always received excellent reviews and have a wonderful rapport with my patients and their families. I am worried that I can be fired because I cannot do night call, all my coworkers have to do it. Can I get fired for this?
  4. by   jprn05
    do you have any idea how expensive these items are? I didn't mean to imply that I am destitute. I am not rich, but I also do not think that my situation should make me go to an org that helps people who really do need these items, such as elderly people, or maybe a family with a deaf child. i think you are totally out of line. Maybe you should go investigate another thread and look for inconsistencies. I didn't start this thread to be insulted or start an arguement. I think your comments are very insulting. These posts are supposed to help, not to make the thread starter feel worse.
  5. by   TazziRN
    Quote from jprn05
    do you have any idea how expensive these items are? I didn't mean to imply that I am destitute. I am not rich, but I also do not think that my situation should make me go to an org that helps people who really do need these items, such as elderly people, or maybe a family with a deaf child. i think you are totally out of line. Maybe you should go investigate another thread and look for inconsistencies. I didn't start this thread to be insulted or start an arguement. I think your comments are very insulting. These posts are supposed to help, not to make the thread starter feel worse.
    Whoa, down girl! We were trying to help, but you're fighting all the suggestions. You said you aren't in a position to get the stuff to help, so someone gave you a suggestion that is affordable. Where do you see the insults???
  6. by   jprn05
    that was for one of the posts before yours. (lovemyjob).
  7. by   nurse4theplanet
    I think you have received several good suggestions about how to keep your job and accomodate your needs, most of which you can get assistance for through different non-profit organizations.

    Unless you just decide you don't want to take call, then I don't see why you could not find a way to accomodate for the change in policy. The employer is only required to make 'reasonable' accomodations for you, that does not mean that you will not be required to make certain accomodations yourself.
    Just like you had to furnish your own special stethoscope to perform your job, you may have to furnish your own telephone system to wake you on your call nights.
  8. by   jprn05
    I did get some good suggestions, that's true. But in all honesty, I really do not want to purchase any more special accomodations. I guess that is the bottom line. The stethoscope was extremely expensive, my aids which I purchased over 5 years ago cost over $2500.00 back then. People don't realize how expensive this equipment is. I didn't get insulted over that suggestion. I just don't think I am in need for some of this stuff, just because a new on-call policy has been put in place at work.
  9. by   nurse4theplanet
    It's more than just an on call policy...it's for you! If you could obtain a system to alert you when your phone rings through a non-profit organization at no cost, perhaps you should consider doing so for your own benefit, in case of emergencies, etc. regardless of whether you stay at this job.

    Good luck to you in whatever you choose.
  10. by   jprn05
    Good point, thank you. I'd like to thank everyone for their input. I know that I am very sensitive. Again, thanks for your suggestions.
  11. by   TazziRN
    {{{{jp}}}}
  12. by   leslie :-D
    excuse my ignorance, but where is the harm in occassionally wearing hearing aids at noc?

    leslie
  13. by   jprn05
    for one thing, they hurt when you lay down on your side, which is how I sleep. One thing I didn't mention is I need to have behind the ear aids. So they can get tangled in hair and be pulled out, be rolled on, or fall on the floor. They are very sensitive. If they drop, the wires can become loose causing painful loud feeback whistling. They can ususally be fixed within a month, so you are at the mercy of the dealer and hope they have loaners for you to wear. If one is broken, there is 1/2 a chance out of million that you would get another to match as a loaner. Sometimes, when the sound doesn't match in each ear, I get dizzy. I don't know about in the ear aids.

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