Right thing? personal opinions needed. - page 2

I'm not a nurse but do have a yr of nursing school under my belt. My brother and his wife recently had a baby...both parents are deaf due to childhood illness (so that wasn't a concern w/ the... Read More

  1. by   CatskillsRN
    Quote from llg
    Also, I recommend that people be careful about the use of friends and/or family as interpreters. The friend may not be sufficiently knowledgable to interpret some of the medical concepts well. Also, it may distort the natural relationship that does or should exist between the deaf patient and his/her friend or family member. It may be a violation of privacy to disclose the information. While the deaf patient may consent to the disclosure, he may give the consent because he feels he has little choice. A neutral, professional should be used whenever possible -- one that is familiar with medical terms and accustomed to giving and receiving medical information.

    As a mom of a profundly Deaf man (21 yrold) and as an healthcare provider (RN, DOula, SNM) I have seen a lot od these situations,and from both sides as well.
    We all sign at home but I have been surprised sometimes by the lack of understanding and awareness from the healthcare sytem of the needs and of the differences of the Deaf community.
    I am trying to get a better fluency in ASL in order to get closer to my pts and I have seen some MW doulas RN following the same trend. The ideal is of course being fluent in ASL in order to communicate concepts and not only translating verbatim. Sometimes Clients will not even understand what the procedure is, or what the purpose of the procedure will be.
    There is an association in Az who is trying to provide OB and MW care with professionals trained to work with the Deaf community, I know a CNM in NYS (she is also a certified ASL interpreter) who was giving Childbirth Education to Deaf women in NYC at Seton Birthing center before it closed.
    I am very proud to say that her and i will be giving a class awareness about Mw profession in a NY deaf school to HS students and she will tlak about her work.

    I think that whoever has the most remote connection with the deaf community (ASL or not) should really think about starting creating individual or associative connections with some additional training in order to serve the deaf and HOH population. We need you! :uhoh21:
  2. by   TDub
    I have a large hearing loss, but speak fine since I lost my hearing after the age of 40. I see this happen over and over again in the hospital. Oddly enough, I learned ASL before I became HoH, which came in handy. I think all the advice is good and I would urge you to continue instructing the hospital. They obviously need the help. The Deaf are dismissed in so many ways and treated as subhuman. You can do something about this.

    On CODAs: Sometimes I have to keep my 12 year old daughter or my 8 year old son home to make phone calls for me. You wouldn't believe how many places don't make any accomodation for the deaf. I have a favourite Canadian band and go to alot of their concerts. We were told we couldn't have an interpreter or stand close to the stage because if they made provision for us, then they'd have to make a "special effort for the blind and people in wheelchairs and normal people wouldn't have a chance at all." Yes, this was said to our faces by the band stage manager.