Tape Reporting... HOH RN - page 3

by MystyqueOne 1,610 Views | 23 Comments

hello, i have a general question. as you may have read from other posts of mine, i have a slight hearing impairment as a rn, bsn. the company i will be working for does tape reporting, therefore my ability to get a full and... Read More


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    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    The headphones are a great idea. I'm pretty HOH but a hearing aid helps greatly.
    Yes, HAs help tremendously, but they don't solve the issue of background noise/poor recordings..... which most tape reports are on a usual basis. The tape recording doesn't take place of the in-person ability to lip-read when sounds may be missed..... My manager did ask me what accommodations I needed and I mentioned the tape reporting.... So, I'm not quite sure what they may do to accommodate me....
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    Quote from morte
    It would have to be official, written down. I think ear/headphones are the way to go. Also, if (s)he is having trouble with recorded report, either the quality of machine or pervious shifts verbal skills would be suspect to me. I have much more than a mild hearing loss, and I can get at least 75/80% of recorded report on the first pass.
    Yes, maybe ensuring they have a top-of-the-line tape recorder would probably assist with the recordings.... not using cassette tapes, also. That's a good idea to start... Thank you.
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    Quote from brownbook
    Hi, I am slightly HOH, of course I have no idea how bad your hearing loss is.

    Have you even tried it yet? As other poster have pointed out, even normal hearing staff find they miss some words. Which is why taped reports are frowned upon.

    It certainly seems fair to ask to be close to the tape recorder when listening due to your disability. It just hard, even with the volume up, to hear clearly, distinguish some words. I can certainly understand that happening!

    Perhaps you can give taped reports a try. Highlight or circle in red, any key reports where you feel you didn't understand a critical word. Then check with the charge nurse, confirm, what you didn't catch.

    Maybe give it a try before making any extra effort or issue out of it.
    Yes, I've worked at this place for a couple of months. WIth the type of hearing loss I have, without having someone facing me, hence their lips to accommodate what I'm missing, it's very exhausting for me to strive so hard to try to understand all that is being said.... Especially when papers are being rustled while they are speaking, clicking and clacking sounds in the background (all on the recording), etc. What do other facilities do besides tape reporting? I wonder if my unit couldn't just have a face-to-face report...... Or just during the shifts in which I am scheduled on? Hmmmm........
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    Quote from Wave Watcher
    We also did written reports. It helped in case the nurse reporting off just forgot to tell you something or you just didn't hear a vital piece of info when they verbally reported off.
    Now, this is another good idea.... have written reports to pass off to me. When I was working before as a SNT, I had another SNT just take notes for me while the report was being played back. I suppose I could just have another nurse take "notes" on the recorded taped report for me and if I had any questions, I could just ask the RN that took the nurse (since everyone jots down their own things that they feel are more or less "important").

    Thank you everyone!!!!


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