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  1. YouCanCallMeFrank

    Nurses with hearing loss

    Hi everyone, I am a nursing student that suffers from moderate hearing loss. My primary challenge is communication, as I haven't noticed any issues hearing bowel, lung, or heart sounds. To overcome these challenges I wear bilateral hearing aids, which have helped tremendously with communication, and I also chose to purchase an electronic stethoscope as a precaution. Since these purchases, I have little to no difficulty performing my daily tasks and communicating with my patients and any other members of their care team. My question is for those who also wear hearing aids, and how you adjust when using your stethoscope. I've tried removing my hearing aids each time, which felt not only tedious, but I was also concerned about damaging or losing them; I've tried removing just one, so I was still able to converse comfortably with my patient if necessary, and so there was less of a chance of losing one; and I've also worn my stethoscope earpiece over my aids, which only works if I turn up my stethoscope volume to its max because my microphone is behind my ear, rather than in the ear canal. This also gets quite painful if I take too long with my assessment, and the sound is still not as clear as it is without them. There really aren't any other options for me due to the fact that my hearing aid manufacturer (oticon) has not yet released a wireless receiver, and I've already spent so much on my stethoscope (a Littman master cardiology with an eko core attachment) that I can't really justify or afford purchasing one that can use large headphones. Do anyone of you have experience with similar situations? How have you managed? I'm open to any and all suggestions. Thanks in advance!
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    Working as a CNA during pandemic?

    Hi everyone, so I'm a nursing student in New England. Currently, my classes have been modified to an online format and our clinical component is going to be completed through a series of ATI modules and SIMs. After going over the demonstration on how to complete our clinical requirements, I'm concerned that it's going to be more time consuming than it was when I was completing 5+ hours of clinical prep, a 12-hour shift, and all my post-shift write-ups and evaluation. At this point, I am currently unemployed. Up until two weeks ago, I worked through school as a server in an upscale restaurant, and I know I have a job to return to once our current situation clears up. In the meantime, I'm struggling with whether to just ride out the storm, and apply my free time toward school, or whether I should accept a job as a CNA and use that experience to supplement my education. At this point, I'm not sure I could devote more than two shifts per week to work, and my wages would be minimally more than what I could make on unemployment. There is also the concern that I would only work as a CNA until I am able to return to my old job. My question is whether or not it would be beneficial to start work as a CNA. I don't want to waste my time, or anyone else's, and while the experience would be great, I'm concerned about having 24 fewer hours to devote to school when I'm making minimally more than I would have made not working. Has anyone faced a similar situation? What would you do in my shoes? All feedback/suggestions are welcome.
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    Any RN student clinicals cancelled because of COVID-19?

    I'm not sure how exactly that would work either. In my area, people who aren't exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 aren't getting tested - there just aren't enough resources available. In fact, my PCP's office is triaging patients over the phone, and those who meet the criteria are sent to a testing center that's been set up outside and away from any high traffic areas. Those who are ill, but not suspected to have the coronavirus, are simply asked to self-quarantine. Those in my program who have traveled, are now being encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days and are not permitted to attend clinical.
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    Any RN student clinicals cancelled because of COVID-19?

    So I just received the final word from my department chair regarding clinical. While Spring break has been extended and classes are to be held online in the future, we were instructed to attend clinical as previously scheduled. However, any students who've recently traveled internationally or any students who've experienced any recent illness or who are currently ill, are not allowed to attend clinical until cleared to do so by the department chair following clearance in writing from their PCP. We were also told that any clinical absences resulting from illness or travel will not result in clinical failure. The department is working to determine an alternative solution to ensure all students fulfill the required number of clinical hours required for the program, regardless of the number of absences accrued.
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    School is cancelled but clinical is not? (COVID-19)

    I think it's primarily due to a combination of needing to satisfy the clinical component for the program while also dealing with very limited number clinical spots. I live near the largest and most advanced hospital in the state, so naturally there are numerous schools who use it as a clinical site. Competition for spots is already incredibly high, now imagine having to squeeze everyone in over the Summer or having to double the spots needed in the fall by holding everyone back a semester. There really isn't a viable alternative. That being said, I still haven't heard what my school's solution is regarding clinical, but I'm hoping they'll continue as scheduled.
  6. YouCanCallMeFrank

    School is cancelled but clinical is not? (COVID-19)

    Remember, you still have to complete a set number of clinical hours in order to fulfill your program's requirements, corona virus or not. If schools canceled clinical (or if clinical sites canceled them, for that matter) then those students would be forced to either retake the entire semester or finish the semester with an incomplete and fulfill their clinical requirements via Summer externships. I'm not sure what it's like in your area, but in mine there are simply not enough slots in order to accommodate an entire cohort repeating a semester, and it would likely be nearly as difficult to fit everyone in over the Summer. Also, something else to think about - we work with people who have C. diff., TB, and MRSA, among others. Why would it be okay for us to work with these patients but not those infected with COVID-19? If you practice safe hand hygiene and properly don all necessary PPE you have nothing to worry about. And in the future, when even scarier pandemics occur, you'll be expected to be working right in the thick of it then, too. Consider this real-world practice!
  7. YouCanCallMeFrank

    Any RN student clinicals cancelled because of COVID-19?

    llg, gosh I hope not! My school just announced this morning they were extending Spring break by a week in order to allow their staff enough time to modify their curriculms to better suit an online format. At this time, there has been no mention of the nursing program, specifically, and how this change might affect our clinical participation (and therefore our final graduation date). All I know at this point, is that I was supposed to begin my pediatric rotation this coming week, and it's unlikely that I will be able participate as scheduled. The big question is whether or not this is something that will/can be rescheduled for a later time, or whether it will result in an incomplete or failure of the entire semester. As it stands, there are several students in my cohort who have already missed a clinical, and now are facing clinical failure; I'd like to not be forced into a similar situation.
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