Today was another busy but fulfilling day. I got checked off with my head-to-toe assessment. I followed my regular nurse, Nurse Clea. Since I mostly knew the routines of my patients, I started by doing rounds. I checked my patients one by one to see if they were stable and responsive. With Nurse Dre Dre, the night nurse, I got to do suctioning, tracheotomy care and start feedings. I feel like I’m getting confidently effective with my communication skills everyday that my I’m learning and enhancing my nursing skills. I was able to educate a family member who was not wearing protective equipment inside an isolation room the importance of wearing one to prevent the spread of infections and promote wellness.
This experience was overall a very difficult but rewarding experience. It taught me that it’s okay to advocate for a patient and insist they get the respect and care they deserve. I also learned that it’s okay to get involved emotionally with the patient as we become family sometimes. We as the nurse should strive to make an impact in our patient’s lives as well as their family members. Majority of the time we are caring for and see the patient at their most vulnerable time. You may not always feel like you’re making a huge impact in a patient’s life but sometimes the smallest things make the biggest
Additionally, this experience helped me to develop effective therapeutic communication techniques and enforce skills to provide enhanced care for the resident. An improvement that I would make for next semester is to improve my execution and time management while performing tasks. I intend to perform skills with greater confidence and improve my overall interactions with the patients, families, and health care workers. Improving these interactions will benefit in the overall comfort of the patient and improve the care that I will provide to them. Overall, this Long Term Care experience provided me with the necessary fundamental skills practice and critical thinking development that will be utilized in the following semesters and throughout my nursing
I experienced no moment of divine intervention, nor followed the example of a respected relative’s career, my career development decision making was based on a gradual recognition that nursing would be the perfect vocation for me. I have come to realise that nurses are faced with considerable emotional and professional demands, taking responsibility for the quality of people’s lives, which can be seen as a major challenge. I believe I am a person who welcomes, enjoys and would embrace this challenge. My main source of inspiration to become a nurse comes from an innate desire in making a positive difference in people’s lives. I am fascinated by all aspects of nursing and I want to go on to expand my knowledge and develop my transferable skills and ability in caring for others. Studying nursing at University will give me work-related learning and offer me
Often in life, we come across situations that may stretch us and challenge us, finding ourselves forced to get out of our comfort zone. Volunteering is definitely not for everyone, people may not have the adequate time, confidence, knowledge. But that does not mean you avoid the situation at all times, you must allow yourself to step out of your comfort zone and experience things that you would never think about doing. On the first week of volunteering it was a bit intense for me, as I found it difficult and little bit sad to watch the women living the way they do, for some reason I felt that they were always missing their children and grandchildren. Some of the residents did not even have family so they never got visitations. It seemed like
My first opportunity personally interacting with patients was after I became a certified nursing assistant (CNA); I took a job at a Skilled Nursing Home called York land Park. The first day I stepped onto the floor, I felt overwhelmed and I questioned myself if I was meant for this line of work. I was assigned 14 patients. Soon after interacting with all my patients, my perspective and doubts changed.
When I walked in through the door of the dentist 's office, I was a little bit nervous. I had done my best to blend in with the staff who all wore black scrubs. The front desk receptionist, Priscilla, told me to take a seat and I eased into the cold, black, leather sofa. I fumbled with my fingers nervously as if I was a patient about to get a root canal. Eventually, Frankie, the dental hygienist who I was to shadow, walked in through the door beside the reception desk and lead me to her office. She was very warm and eager to teach me all about her craft. I learned a lot in the two days I worked with her. There was never a dull moment and I got to see so many different patients; patients of different backgrounds, ethnicities, age groups, and gender. All my initial fear was basically fear of what I was getting myself into. It was fear of the unknown. But that fear had quickly dissipated within the first hour of shadowing Frankie. I came to the conclusion that I was on the right path towards a career that was ideal for me.
This clinical experience has really helped me to sharpen my communication skills and realize just how important it is to understand mental health. We are told multiple times in class that mental health issues can be seen on any floor and that is the truth. I’ve seen patients in my older adult clinical on the pulmonary floor suffer from issues that range from anxiety to bipolar disorder and depression. Being able to understand how to approach people that suffer from these types of illnesses, allows us, the nurses, to give the patient the best care that we can. It helps to build a trusting relationship and get to know them on a personal level. Patients with mental health illnesses are many times defined because of their diagnosis and that is
IntroductionDo Nurse Assistants have a big impact on nursing homes? What about the care of Residents?This article reviews nurse assistants, the job commitment they have, and ultimately how it iseffecting other people, most importantly the residents. The findings are horrifying and one wayto fix how nurse assistants view their job or the commitment they have with it is higher pay,more benefits, and possibility to advance.DevelopmentSometimes, a supervisor’s role takes a toll on the care that is received to residents by nurseassistants. These are full grown adults still needing someone to tell them what to do or how to doit when they fully know the right thing to do. This is relevant because integrity comes withdeciding to be a nurse, and even
West End Villa nursing home of the Extendicare chain in Ottawa recently had one of its residents, eighty-nine-year old Luba Ignatieva, sent to the hospital following a detection of maggots in a wound. Following the unsightly discovery by staff at the nursing home, Luba was treated at a hospital, concerning her family and the police. This prompted an investigation further into the case by the elder-abuse unit; however, according to the Ottawa force 's official statement it was regarded as a non-criminal matter.
I have chosen Chapter 69 of Unit 5, “Taking Action: An Insider’s View of Lobbying”. I chose this chapter in order to learn more about lobbying and lobbyist in general as well as how it relates to nursing. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines lobby as “an organized group of people who work together to influence government decisions that relate to a particular industry, issue, etc.” (Lobby, n.d.). The highly controversial phenomenon known as lobbying is associated with many negative connotations related to government. The very act of lobbying and the lobbyist has a preconceived notion that they are riddled with corruption and bribery. To society, they are the bad guys and cause the government to be dominated by powerful special interest groups that are only out for themselves and to increase their wealth. However, I wanted to get a fresh perspective on lobbying and to determine if its utilization has any positive attributes as it relates to nursing.
On Monday, October 12th, I went with a group of girls to the Lone Tree Retirement Center for service hours. Upon arriving at the nursing home, I wasn’t sure what task we would be given. One of the nursing home’s staff members named Leon introduced himself to us and gave us our job. Our job was to repaint parking spots in the parking lot. We followed him to his shed and got the supplies. I was given the job to sweep all of the parking spots off before they were to be painted. I spent an hour doing this job. It was a simple task, but it proved to be exhausting. I got my job done before the painters got done, so I went inside after an hour and did another activity inside.
1. Assistance with daily tasks - nursing homes provide assistance to their residents with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, drinking, using restroom, running errands and administering medicine. Typical daily tasks can become increasingly difficult with old age. Many seniors lose their driver 's license at some point and are no longer able to drive to the grocery store or local pharmacy.
Reflect on your Pre-Practicum/Service-Learning Journal; compare and contrast how your beliefs, assumptions, and attitudes regarding community service and/or volunteerism have evolved.
My second day placement was completely different than the first one. I arrived late because of the weather. Once I met with my instructor Alison in acute care floor, she assigned me to work with the RN nurse Linda. Linda is very kind, thoughtful, and wanted me to be the there and she thought me the first thing to do, is use computer and read the patents vital sign, diagnosis and read night shift report. If any thing had change like medication information.