Spreading the word about learning sign language
After her knowledge of British Sign Language helped nursing student Harriet Monks communicate with a deaf patient and a fellow nursing student, she helped set up a training session at her university to help other students learn sign language
Prior to starting my nurse training, I studied British Sign Language (BSL) and passed the level one exam. I have always had a strong desire to work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, to improve the healthcare they receive.
On placement with a health visiting team, I was shadowing my mentor in an immunisation clinic when a woman came in with a baby boy. I realised she was using British Sign Language, and although I was nervous in front of my new mentor, I told her I knew level one BSL.
This enabled me to communicate with her, relaying...
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