If you are in the hospital and your nurse is hearing impaired, would that bother you? If the hearing impairment was mild? If the nurse was profoundly hearing impaired or deaf?
The issue of disabilities and nursing, particularly nurses who are deaf, was in the news in the United States not too long ago. According to this article, Hearing-impaired nurse: court discusses disability discrimination issues, a profoundly deaf nurse was suspended and then fired after 3 and a half years of spotless records in caring for her patients.
An incident occurred when another staff member couldn't get hold of the nurse because she can't hear the telephone or overhead speakers. Apparently, the technician didn't have the equipment to use the nurse's special pager that the nurse carried.
After an investigation, the nurse was not considered to be negligent but she was re-evaluated. Her employers found that she had no problems with her nursing skills, but she failed to show up for an audiologist appointment to have her hearing tested. That's when she was suspended and then let go.
My question is, is there a limit? Is it reasonable to have a nurse who can't hear her patients and can't hear alarms?
Believe me, I am more than aware of discrimination against the disabled. I have a 34 year old brother with Down's syndrome who had a job he adored. He was working for a chain drug store and he did a wonderful job. The chain was sold to an even larger chain and the larger chain dumped my brother. When there were attempts to find other jobs for him, many people didn't want a "retard" working with them or for them. It took quite a while to find him a new job. Now he has had the same one for several years and he adores it again. He's not that hard to please! And he works very hard to please.
I've also worked with both physically disabled and/or deaf children. I know what types of challenges they face. But, I do have a bit of a problem with certain professions and certain disabilities. If I'm sick, I want my nurse to hear me, even if it's a slight moan. I want my nurse to hear me call out even if her back is turned. I want to feel safe and like someone is watching over me.
I'm not denying that someone who is hearing impaired can't do the work, the tasks, and use the thought processes involved. But hearing your patient, listening for specific sounds, tones of voice, nuances, they're all vital in communicating with the sick.
I don't believe she should be fired for being deaf. But I do wonder what type of decisions were made to allow her go into this field to begin with.
Cookie diet update: Despite dire warnings of exhaustion and headaches, I managed quite well during the first week of the diet. I lost 6 pounds. I was 162 this time last week, I'm 156 now. Of course, the weight loss will slow down. You usually lose more the first week on any diet.
The cookies aren't as bad as they were the first day (blech!) but the blueberry are still not my favourite. I've been doing well with the banana and the oatmeal raisin. But, let's just say that I wouldn't eat them as something for a snack or on a regular basis if I wasn't doing this test.
My impression so far? If you're someone who has to lose weight fast for a function or something a few weeks down the line, it may be worth a try. I'm just going to try for another week to see how the second week's loss compares to the first and then I'll decide if I should just go back to sensible eating (yay!) or continue on to see how long it would take to lose the 20 I'm aiming for. Let's see...