Accommodating nursing students with disabilities

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Collegiate instruction is done orally, and traditionally, students with hearing impairments have struggled to obtain a quality education.Thanks to the combined effort of disability activists in recent decades, hearing impaired students can access the resources they need to study effectively on college campuses.Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science), and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.All successful applicants who are offered places on the degree programme will be required to have medical screening and Garda vetting: this will include medical assessment, screening and, if necessary, vaccination prior to the first clinical placement, in accordance with the policies of NUI Galway and the HSE West/Northwest Hospitals Group.As you prepare for college, strive to place yourself in situations where your strengths will shine and your weaknesses can be accommodated.Develop a strategy to emphasize your academic and social brightspots and identify areas where you know you will need help.In accordance with An Bord Altranais regulations, the total requirements of the programme are 144 weeks clinical placement.During the clinical internship period, students are paid a salary.

For all the progress society has made to protect students with hearing impairments, no number of laws or regulations can help if you are unaware of the laws, or unwilling to bring them to the attention of your professors, administrators, or employer.

This four-year programme, offered in partnership with the Health Service Executive West, leads to the award of Bachelor of Nursing Science (Psychiatric) and eligibility for registration in the Psychiatric Division of the Nurses’ Register, maintained by An Bord Altranais, the nursing profession’s regulatory body.

Psychiatric Nursing aims to assist in the recovery of people experiencing mental health issues and to promote mental health and wellbeing.

Of course the social attractions in Galway were an added bonus!

Hearing impaired students face a variety of challenges; most prominently, communication.

Be sure to identify any services that you know you will need (such as an ASL translator for lectures). Schedule an appointment at your college’s disability center, and let them know what your specific needs are.

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