Tuesday, March 19, 2019

SafeNClear "The Communicator Mask": A continuing education program for nurses

Want to learn more about The Communicator Mask and earn 1.0 ceu? Here is your chance to learn from the creator of the mask, Dr. Anne McIntosh, President of SafeNClear!

Upon completion of this self-paced continuing education program, the participant will be able to:
Identify needs of patients with hearing loss
Recognize the importance of facial expressions for visual communicators
Identify ways to avoid muffled speech
List common characteristics of sign language users 

Compare and contrast masks with clear windows to 
        traditional masks.

Dr. Anne McIntosh has a BA in Speech Communication from UNC Chapel Hill, an MA in Interpersonal Communication from University of Montana at Missoula and a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of Texas at Austin.

ExceptionalNurse.com is a State of California, Board of Nursing continuing education provider No. CEP14352

The cost of the program is $10.00 (click on Paypal link). Proceeds help to support our scholarships to nursing students with hearing loss. When payment is received you will receive a link to a power point presentation and other materials. 
Please complete the Post-Test (a score of 80% is required to pass) and the course evaluation form and email both to ExceptionalNurse@aol.com.
If a passing score is achieved, your certificate will be sent back via email.
Here's to clearer communication!


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Nurses with disabilities: Learning to write with your non-dominant hand

A member of a group of disabled nurses asked fellow nurses with disabilities for suggestions on how to learn to write with your non-dominant hand. Nurses may struggle with this challenge from a tremor disorder or following a stroke, amputation, injury, arthritis, or other disabling condition. These are some of the suggestions offered by the group. With your non-dominant hand:

Practice, practice, practice 
Trace letters and shapes in a children's book.

Be persistent 
Color with crayons.

Keep a sense of humor
 Do crossword puzzles to practice block printing.

Be determined 
Write big and slowly.

 Use a white board which allows for easy erasing/correction. 

Don't give up!
 Join an online group of people with a similar challenge.

Be patient with yourself 
Keep a journal of your writing for a record of your progress.

 Explore YouTube for helpful videos.

Remember you are a nurse...you got this one!!