Tape Reporting... HOH RN

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    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 thorough report in the mornings are going to be insufficient. the nurse manager is well aware of my hearing loss, and i would love to have a "person to person" report so that i get all the required information. i just feel that because of my hearing loss, i will be putting the other nurses at an inconvenience to have them take extra time to give me report on the patients i will have for the day.

    what type of reporting does your company have? do any of you have any suggestions as what i can do?

    i've thought about going in the extra hour early to sit there and listen to the shift's record their report, but a lot can change in the hour from one shift to the next, and i also won't know which patients i will have until the charge nurse comes in and assigns me the patients for the day.

    i am open for any suggestions.

    thank you so much for all your advice!
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    Sorry, I don't have any advice for you but I certainly agree with you that tape reporting is definitely not good. Even with no hearing loss you lose the ability to ask questions. Read the notes, look at the labs and orders, check to see if they have all resulted and what the results were and most important LOOK AT THE PATIENT. Do a very through assessment. You should be fine.
    MystyqueOne, graceomalleyRN, and merlee like this.
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    I have worked at a variety of places that did taped reports, and most of the nurses tried to be thorough. As long as you can hear the tape recorder you will be at no more of a disadvantage than anyone else.

    I prefer face-to-face reports, as well, but tapes have been around for at least 25 years.

    Best wishes!
    MystyqueOne likes this.
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    earphones, that said, I thought JACHO didn't care for taped report. Re: above mentioned loss of interaction/ability to ask questions?
    MystyqueOne and ChristineN like this.
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    We tape report, but we are also supposed to check in with the on-coming nurse before we leave for updates or to answer any questions. So, in my case, I have a just to clarify anything I didn't hear or didn't understand on the tape.

    I think our manager wants to move away from it and go to bedside reporting.
    MystyqueOne likes this.
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    In LTC we do not allow tape reporting anymore. As for coming in early to read labs ect.... what a joke. I work 7 A to 7P when I come in to the morning, I am off and running and have no time to poke around and check everything out. About 10:30 is when I get a chance.
    MystyqueOne likes this.
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    Coming in early is a nice thought, but remember you are not covered if you are injured.
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    Hello there,

    What if you listen to the taped message with headphones?

    I hated tape reporting. Most people said way too little and would conclude the message with "He's fine. No changes" A few said too much and it was hard to focus on the really relevant information.

    Just think of how most voicemails suck. Too short, too rambly, mumbling through important info. Hiiiii hellooooo how are youuuuuuuuuuu blaaaaah blaaaah blooo blooo blaaaaaaaaaaaahhcallmebackat*garbled*

    Same thing with tape reporting.

    I need time to talk face-to-face, ask questions and verify.
    SuesquatchRN likes this.
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    Seems as if they should being accommodating you, but aside from that is there a player in which you can stick some head phones into? Because you will be able to hear the recording better.
    SuesquatchRN likes this.
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    Oops see someone else suggested that


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