Any Deaf, Hard of hearing Nurses?

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    Hello, I've been a member for a while and am delighted to finally see a forum for nurses with limitations. I am profoundly deaf and getting deafer everyday. Although I do wear 2 BTE's, lip read, know asl, I do speak and I work in the operating room. Any other deaf nurses out there? I'd love to chat with you sometime.
    Marvie
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    hello Marive,

    My name is jessica. I am hard of hearing since I was 3 years old. I just got in nursing program this fall. I would be happy to chat with you sometimes. It is nice to know that i am not alone here. I know some sign language(ASL and English) and still learning. I depend on interpreters for my nursing classes. I am wearing both hearing aids.

    It is nice to meet you!

    God bless,
    Jessica
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    Welcome, love to chat with you. I am happy to hear about your getting into the nursing program, congrats!
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    hi all!! i , too am hard of hearing and wear bilateral aids. i lost my hearing due to an extended illness. i do not know sign, but really do need to learn. there is an organization out there called the association of medical professionals with hearing loss, of which i am a member. we really need to become verbal so that others can see we are out there working, going to school, etc. there are agreat many people who would love to become nurses who fear their disability limits them. i would love to "hear" from anyone who would like to e-mail me!!
    lets get together and start a revolution!!

    kim

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    I believe that we as nurses who have hearing limitations can be a revolutionary voice to make changes in this world and in the medical field. I believe that all of us should be more political and advocate for this particular limitation. Let's tell others what we CAN do so that the hearing world can see our accomplishments and not just tell us what we can't do.
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    Hi All!
    Lip Read, know ASL, PSE...Told I have good speech. Been a nurse over thirty years way back in the day before ADA and note takers, Smile.
    Been told so many darn times in my life that I couldn't do this or that. I hate being told I can't do something. I much rather try and fail on my own.
    Eleanor Roosevelt said "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" How bloody true is that?
    Thanks to Brian for setting this Forum up.
    Another excellent place for support and education is www.ExceptionalNurse.com
    Good to meet you!
    athena
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    Hi All!
    Lip Read, know ASL, PSE...Told I have good speech. Been a nurse over thirty years way back in the day before ADA and note takers, Smile.
    Been told so many darn times in my life that I couldn't do this or that. I hate being told I can't do something. I much rather try and fail on my own.
    Eleanor Roosevelt said "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" How bloody true is that?
    Thanks to Brian for setting this Forum up.
    Another excellent place for support and education is www.ExceptionalNurse.com
    Good to meet you!
    athena
    I sooooo love your perspective! What areas in Nursing did you and do you work? What response did you give those "can't do" people? I would love to chat with you more.:smilecoffeecup:
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    Wow! I am very glad that I am not alone on here. This week is my third week. It is soooooo overwhelmed and i want to scream. I am not very good with papers and critical thinking. I really want to be a nurse. There are some times that I want to give up. My favorite is lab because of hand-on. I will be going to clinical in 3 weeks. Any suggestion?

    Jessica
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    Hard of hearing nursing student here! I use an electronic stethoscope and the school ensures that I have front and center seating in the classroom. I was told that I would not benefit from hearing aids due to the nature of my hearing loss, but as you already know, we have clever ways of functioning with this disability.

    One day in clinical I discovered that my batteries in my stethoscope had dies, so I wasn't able to hear heart/lung/bowel sounds. So my clinical instructor did it for me. Afterward, (feeling afraid that she would be irritated by having to do this for me) she patted me on the back kindly and told me she was happy to help. Made me feel really good. One cool thing about my steth is that I'm able to hear murmurs and lung sounds so much better than the floor nurses and doctors. My classmates have sampled my steth are blown away by how clearly they can hear them too. It's a littman by the way.

    During my first semester I had one incident that really angered me due to a miscommunication and my hearing impairment. In clinical one day I was in the process of checking off my meds with a different clinical instructor before administering them. Someone came into the med room and told the instructor she had a phone call, she said "OK" at the same time that I was asking if I was good to go to give my patient her meds. Believing that she was saying "OK" to me, I proceeded to walk down the hall and gave the patient her meds. After clinical that day she called me into the office and wrote me up for a med error, stating that she did not give me the "OK" to give the meds (even though the meds were correct). I explained to her that she said "OK" to me, and she told me she said "OK" to the person who informed her that she had a phone call. I felt it was unfair to get a med error, but what can ya do?

    Hold your head up high, do not apologize for your impairment, and expect success! :spin:
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    Do you use hearing aids with your stethoscope? I wear hearing aids. I used the E- scope, it is ok but it is hard to hear when there are so many noises from anywhere.

    Thanks,
    jessica


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