I am a 12-hour night shift worker in labor and delivery, and Im expected to take one call shift a month. I have started wearing hearing aids and have anxiety every time my call comes up because I might fall asleep and my hearing aids may malfunction. We have several nurses who have a medical excuse to not take call, ranging from anxiety to being unable to drive at night. Have you ever heard of a nurse being excused from call shift due to hearing loss?
Anxiety Over Call
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Anxiety Over Call,
If other nurses can get medical excuses for the reasons you mention, you certainly should be more than eligible. Speak with your primary care provider and/or whoever treats your for hearing loss. I think you have a very legitimate case.
Another option for you would be to get an assistive alerting device the type those with more profound hearing loss use for telephone rings, smoke alarms and doorbells, which alerts them in other ways to these sounds. Find out more about these devices from your healthcare provider, insurance carrier, local hearing center or any national association for the deaf.
And if you don’t already know about their existence, connect with ExceptionalNurse.com a community of nurses with disabilities of all types. Founder and administrator Donna Maheady, ARNP, EdD, is very knowledgeable and helpful in supporting nurses with disabilities to be able to do the work they love.