I'm a RPN with hearing impartment. Can I work in OR?

  1. Hello..

    I'm an Rpn with hearing impairment and wear bilateral hearing aids. I've always wanted to work in OR. But I'm affraid I won't be able to perform my job successfully due to my disability. It's not about my skills it's about how work under presssure and manage around the team , specially when everyone wears a mask. The team works under pressure and there won't be patience for me .. I'm
    sure .. but I hate giving up my dream ...

    Any advice would be appreciated..
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the Nursing in Canada forum
  4. by   brownbook
    I am confused. Is your hearing impairment your main concern, (do your hearing aids fix the impairment)?

    Or is working in an OR under pressure your main concern?

    I don't work in the OR, but am hard of hearing. I completely understand about seeing people's mouth's is crucial, but I finally got hearing aids and it isn't a big issue anymore.
  5. by   Fiona59
    Routine surgeries aren't "under pressure". Trauma's yes, lap cholis, C-sections that are scheduled, etc, relatively stress frees.

    You at more likely to be stressed out by the Type A personalities found in the ORs and the eye rolling over the masks.
  6. by   soutthpaw
    My Cochlear implants have a wireless lapel mic that you can clip on the doc or whoever you need to listen to during the surgery, The mic is made by resound and I know it also works with their hearing aids. Maybe something like this is available for you. No way I can do surgery with CI's, But hearing aids are probably much more doable.
    Hearing aid wireless accessories | ReSound

    Or have them wire the entire OR with an FM system and mic everyone. heh....
  7. by   Nurse1577
    Just concern about co workers being nasty due to lack of patience and frustrated that can cause complains about me when i have trouble to hearing them while wearing a mask.
  8. by   Nurse1577
    Exactly .. and them complaining about my disability .. because they would frustrate
  9. by   Nurse1577
    Wow! Thank you so much .. I will check this out !
  10. by   Fiona59
    Quote from Nurse1577
    Exactly .. and them complaining about my disability .. because they would frustrate
    In a room, the surgeon is all powerful. It's about keeping the surgeon happy notvnurses

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