All ready reported to supervisor

  1. I took the physical today, for my new CNA job and everything was wonderful, the nurse was excellent, but it was revealed that I am "green, red deficient" 2 pages of the color blind test booklet were a smaze a couldn't tell the numbers in. I know about this, and the only place I notice I have it is on the number tests. It denied me a military occuption of working with electronics (colored wires being an issue)

    Is anyone else "green red dificient" and can tell me where they have trouble, (like with urine color ID, like it was explained)

    PLease let me know if anyone else is "green red dificient" colorblind.

    Now I'm all nervous and wondering if I'll be restricted from some important positions because of my color sight

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  3. by   fergus51
    I am according to my driver's liscence test, but it has never restricted me in any way in nursing. I really wouldn't worry about it too much
    ...color lenses or contacts that would correct this problem...and if so, wouldn't you then be able to obtain the position you've wanted? It's a shame though...I feel your frustration.
  5. by   P_RN
    I have a problem with reds and oranges, but only in my left eye.

    Since most testing that would have required color matching seems to have been removed from the nurses perview I don't think there would be a problem. That is unless you show up to work with one green sock and one red one with a pink top and teal trousers. I'd have a problem with that.
  6. by   micro
    heck mario,
    my friend and confidante,
    i have narrow angle glaucoma and not a problem here with my nursing.........
    dontcha worry about it.......
    glad to hear everything else came out in the wash and.....
  7. by   prmenrs
    you can't test stool for hidden blood ("hemoccult"). we have a nurse w/this; he prepares the test, has someone else read it and sign in the results for him. No big deal. IMHO, anyhow.
  8. by   mario_ragucci
    Since there may be glasses or conacts that can correct this makes me feel easier. It wasn't an issue.

    I'm just wondering how it works. Is it that my eyes receive the color and can't generate some protein to register it, or is there no photo-receptors to receive the color.
  9. by   Zee_RN
    Hemetest results are blue. If only green-red deficient, shouldn't bea problem. There are glasses now for color blind people but there aren't very many takers--one lens is a different color than the other. Or at least so I've heard.

    My mom is significantly color-blind, which is very unusual for a woman (1 in 100 men are color-blind; 1 in 100,000 women--it's a gender-linked trait). She is red-green-blue-purple-gray...the only colors she sees accurately are yellow, white and sometimes orange!

    You'll do fine, Mario. Some things are color-coded; you'll just have to be sure you read labels and not depend on color-coding. Because of my mom, I've always been sensitive to this issue when people remark about color coding to make things easier. Color blindness is quite common in men.
  10. by   JMP
    Color blindness is ONLY in men. Females are not affected.

    Many MEN I work with in a highly technical ICU setting are color blind. They talk about it openly. It is NO BIGGIE. It would never be something that would or could be held against you. As far as holding you back from any job, task ect......... certainly has not held back the MEN RN I work with. They are great RN's. One of them was my preceptor.
  11. by   mario_ragucci
    JMP - I thought females are carriers, and for a male to be colorblind...all it takes is one dominent gene, and for a female you need two. This is where I should shut up and start hitting the books again, subject genetics, because colorblind is a big example of genetic traits.

    JMP - you say you know of male RN's with this, please tell me, how does the conversation come up? Do they say right away they can't see a color? I have never noticed anything absent from my vision. Only during those colorblind check numbers and dots.

    For the service, I remember they gaveme that test, plus on where there were 2 small lights (either red or green) close together. You stood a few metters from the lights, and identified them one at a time. After several ID's I rememmber how it was confusing to me, and I could make the distinction between the red and green light. But I don't have any trouble at red lights/green lights. Sometimes I get confused if i approach a flashing yellow or red light. From a distance, I can't tell right away thats its red or yellow sometimes.

    If anyone can describe color vision problems / sight they may like to share, especially if it relates to nursing environments.

    I just thought of one....pills :-) thank you all very much
  12. by   mario_ragucci
    ZRN - thank you for the wonderful example. Not seeing any color would be hard to imagine? Does your mom get depressed because of that?
    Also, you talk about color coded stuff - what about "are all things labeled and color coded? " Is any information represented soley by color? Other than the color of a persons skin :-(
  13. by   BrandyBSN
    The only thing that I can think of that is represented totally by color are tubes for blood collection, and different lab tests. Purple, red, teal, yellow, green, dark blue, light blue.

    However, I think that maybe in very fine print on the tubes it lists the different mediums in the tubes, or anticoags. You may have to spend a little bit of time relating the chemicals in the tube to the specific tests ordered instead of just "grabbing the light purple one" for a CBC. But, I think that is the only problem I could forsee.

    my dad is red/green color blind.. and he is an ELECTRICIAN!! The company he works for numbers all of the wires, so the color issue isnt a big deal to him. I have an occasion had to hang shirts and pants together on his hangers so that he doesnt end up looking like a retarded christmas elf
  14. by   donmurray
    Mario, colour "Blind" is a misnomer, as you do see a colour, ( Euro spelling ) it's just that you don't see it the same as the majority do. There are lots of other clues in the environment, like the red traffic light is above the green one, or the object may be a different shape, or texture, etc. etc. No big thing.