Monday, March 14, 2011

RFB&D Audiobooks are Now Accessible on Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Devices

Audio books have improved the lives of many.

Some of us can't drive without listening to a book:)

For nursing students with low vision or print related disabilities,

the availability of a required textbook on audio book is a blessing.

Now, RFB&D audio books will be accessible on Apple's iPhone,

iPad and iPod touch devices.

"Nursing students with disabilities change the course"

and "Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses working with

DisAbilities" are available from RFB&D.

Should all required nursing textbooks be made available through


RFB&D Audiobooks are Now Accessible on Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Devices

Friday, March 4, 2011

Does nursing contribute to hearing loss?

Leslie Neal-Boylan, Kristopher Fennie & Sara Baldauf-Wagner reported the findings of their recent study in Rehabilitation Nursing.

The study explored the characteristics of registered nurses with sensory disabilities and risk for leaving their jobs.

They found that length of time spent as a registered nurse was associated with difficulty hearing (21 years=some difficulty, 28 years=a lot of difficulty).

This begs the question of whether working as a nurse contributes to hearing loss?

What factors involved in nursing practice might contribute to hearing loss?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"The real risk is doing nothing"

Susan Fleming, RN, MS, PhD student is the keynote speaker at an upcoming conference at University College Dublin, Ireland. Susan was born missing her left hand. She lives and teaches nursing in Washington.

The conference titled "The real risk is doing nothing" includes the following information:

The landscape of higher education has changed dramatically in recent years and there are now over 6000 students with disabilities registered in higher education. In the case of nursing programs this presents a unique challenge as educators must think beyond the lecture halls and consider how to support students with disabilities in clinical practice.

This conference will explore the implications for clinical practice and will review good practice, both national and international.

This event is aimed primarily at nurses and midwives in preceptor, academic and supervisory roles but will also appeal to policy makers, professional bodies, human resource professionals and student nurses.

This event is organised by AHEAD together with the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems.

It takes place on the 16th March 2011, O’Reilly Hall, UCD.

I wonder, is the real risk doing nothing?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Changing the way things usually are done

According to the Job Accommodation Network, a reasonable accommodation "is a modification or adjustment to a job, the work environment, or the way things usually are done that enables a qualified individual with a disability to enjoy an equal employment opportunity. An equal employment opportunity means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are available to an average similarly-situated employee without a disability. The ADA requires reasonable accommodation in three aspects of employment:
  • to ensure equal opportunity in the application process;
  • to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of a job; and
  • to enable an employee with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment."
Some nurses and nursing students are successful changing the "way things usually are done".....and some are not. I wonder why?