The College of Orientation and Mobility ran a short course from the 3rd to 5th August, for the St John’s Eye Hospital nursing college.
All of the students who attended this short course are currently specialising in ophthalmic nursing.
The College was asked to present a workshop to ensure that the nurses will know how to work with patients who are visually impaired.
In order to do so the nurses were exposed to various blindfold activities, including the following:
- how to sighted guide a person with visual impairments;
- how to orientate a patient with visual impairments to a bedroom;
- how to walk safely as a person with a visual impairment using body protection techniques;
- various skills of daily living – including pouring liquids, cutting bread, spreading with butter, and then eating it, counting money and identifying different medications
The short course was presented by Salome Ntsoelengoe with the assistance of Nomonde Tanda and also the assistance of the 6 Orientation and Mobility students currently enrolled at the College.
At the end of the course all of the nurses proudly received their certificates from acting College Head Debbie Speller.