Nursing school & hearing loss
- 0Apr 2, '09 by VSBlondeI have been a registered x-ray tech for the past seven years and did my job without any special accommodations or requests. I have congential birth defects & I'm 4'7, but I've never let it stand in my way and most co-workers have said that they don't even notice my disability because I don't dwell on it. I know I won't have any issues with clinicals because I survived them once before.
My only concern is that I do have some hearing loss. I'm not sure how bad it is, but I'm fairly certain that I'll have to purchase an electronic stethoscope. When I first learned to do B/P & such, I had a regular stethoscope, but that was a long time ago. I don't want this to hinder me in school and I'm very determined. I just want to be advised of any steps that I should take to ensure that the school doesn't try to discriminate me for my problems. They'd have a tough time on there hands considering I've already established myself in the medical field.
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- 0Apr 4, '09 by athena55VS:
Hey, congratulations on Nursing School. Have you been accepted or are you in the process of applying? [I am a little dense tonight, smile]
Nope, you have the ADA (Americans with Disability Act) behind you. Continue reading on this forum and you will find many other posters who are dealing with their Deafness/deafness and attending a nursing program
You must be an advocate for yourself! As Eleanor Roosevelt said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" Words I try to live by.
Be upfront if you need any type of assistance. Check out your schools/college/university's Office for Students with Disability or the 504 Officer.
There is also a forum here on ALLNURSES that discusses electronic stethoscopes. I believe one web site is www.allheart.com
I use the Littman 4000 'scope. I was also a civilian EMT and I have profound hearing loss. (And I have been an RN for a while, as well)
Good Luck and Best Wishes to you as you continue on to a new chapter in your life!
- 0Apr 4, '09 by VSBlondeI am awaiting acceptance at the moment, but I'm fairly certain that my scores are high enough to get in.
My aunt is the director of nursing at a Maryland hospital and she's the one that mentioned they have several nurses that use electronic scopes and it's really not uncommon. I guess I just got spooked by some of the horror stories on here and panicked. There is no bigger advocate for me than my self & I suppose my hubby. He says it would be unwise for them to try & discriminate me for something like some slight hearing loss when I have already proven myself capable of handling the stress of being an x-ray tech for the last 7 years. I have done more enemas & had more barium launched at me than I would have preferred, but I am a resilient person
I don't have to use special phones or sit at the front of the class. I just have issues with some lower tones. I broke out the old scope today and I could hear mine & my hubby's heartbeat, but not the dogs. So it's not like I'm asking for great accommodations. Just a minor one, which shouldn't be asking too much.
If I get any crap from the junior college I've applied at, a RN friend of mine said I could always go to the University campus 30 minutes away. They help with whatever a person needs to be successful in their nursing career.
I'm just a little stressed. I want this so bad & it's become more evident to me since I lost my x-ray job at a clinic due to the strain of the economy.
Thanks for your support.