What I learned from this movie that will impact my practice as a nurse is to never assume that a client who holds the same profession, smart, or a scholar is able to comprehend their own diagnosis or treatment plan so quickly. Regardless of anyone’s position, we should inform the client about their health conditions and treatment plan with great sensitivity and respect. I felt that the client was not given enough time to think about her decision regarding the chemotherapy treatment involved. Dr. Kelekian and his team are respected well in their work and research. However, they seem to focus more on their research and often times failed to treat Vivian with respect and sensitivity.
Overall, my reaction to watching the videos was sobering while sounding the competency, knowledge and skills alarm. As a social worker I must be equipped to assist both client and social unit in this phenomenon. Viewing the progression of the disease left me with concerns as there is no cure. Alzheimer’s is serious in nature and can be most difficult to contend with. Bessie was most impressive as she lived life to the fullest not allowing herself to be consumed with the inevitable.
They do not have support outside their homeless community. Also, these people are judged quickly and written off as a loss cause, helpless or addicts. Identifying vulnerable populations and risk groups are part of the a nurses role we are responsible for an advocate on their behalf, collaborating with case managers, social workers, etc. for referrals meditation and resources. However, as a healthcare worker, we can do our part continue to advocate; often this group returns to what they know, but that is not a reason to give up and stop being a
A professor of mine, who started her career at an oncology unit, had to quit due to the overwhelming sense of grief and loss. Although one could argue she is too young and unprepared to cope to the emotionally taxing job, I believe that the absence of help contributed to her emotional burnout. The organization has to provide education, counselling and allow nurses to grieve. Some nurses preferred informal peer support (cite) but the organization should also cater for nurses that would like to have a group counselling. As well as developing a culture that is more open to the reporting of occupational and emotional fatigue so that nurses do not have to suffer in silence and receive the help that they need.
It is how easily insensitive patients have become due to their private incentives as human beings. This means that in nature as a patient I seek the best customer service, satisfaction and treatment. This has caused the visiting patient to not usually think of the doctors’ problems but to constantly occupy their mentality with their personal problems. As a result, most of the people do not appreciate how much stress the common doctor undergoes. Obviously, everyone experiences a degree of stress and tension in their lives and it is not only doctors whom face these obstacles in their workspace.
Sometimes, “a focus on the patient’s autobiography silences all other members in her family” and this can be as spontaneous as dangerous. Not only the risk of absorbing a single point of view implies the loss of important features that can come from others’ stories, but absolutizing one’s perspective is not fruitful in a strict sense. Of course, the patient knows better than others what she is going through, but her opinion might also be blurred by many other feelings, motives, and desires. For instance, the desire to make a good impression and “trying to be a good patient” in the doctor’s eyes, and to her family and closest friends. Sometimes, this is the last chance they feel they have “to do a good job” and perform well.
I also believe that positivity in the presence of a patient is very important because, the hospital is not a place anybody wants to be, especially in Mr. Smith’s situation where he has had to stay for almost a month. It can become depressing and lonely so by being positive it might influence my patient to become more optimistic as well. Conclusion In conclusion, getting to know my patient helped me to understand what his current health perception, role relationship and goals were. From the knowledge gained I created my patient-centered provision of care. Furthermore, by learning my patient’s goals and the personal reasons for wanting to achieve those goals I helped motivate him in times of need.
Letting go of a family member is an excruciating task to ask of anyone; however, if a patient requests to not be hooked up to life preserving machines or requests to have a DNR code status, the family must legally respect those wishes although it may not seem ethical to them. In addition to burdensome decisions about end of life care, decisions must also be made about preventative care. Although scans such as mammograms help to detect signs of serious illnesses, they often reveal a negative test result. This negative test result may present a peace of mind for the patient; however, they also heighten healthcare costs creating a financial barrier for patients and the hospital. Recognition of these barriers, among others, renders the need for quality improvement.
It is easy to bypass family interactions and focus solely on the patient, but nurses are missing a huge amount of information that is relevant to the continued care of the patient when they do not take into account the family structure, context and other important variables. The care of the person managing chronic illness rarely falls on just the individual afflicted and the nurse misses what is happening outside of the hospital that play a huge role in the patient’s care. Chronic illness is ongoing and the successful management of such an illness may have far reaching impacts on many other family members. To help ensure the best possibly continuation of care and support for the patient and the family, the nurse must find ways to interview, assess and involve the family factors in the patient’s
Therefore, with handovers, the nurses will be able to assess, plan and delegate tasks allocated effectively (Johnson et al, 2012) and thus, task can be completed within the shifts. Nevertheless, the handovers in the current practice has not been improved, according to the research done by Poot et al (2014), usually interrupted by phone calls and lack of active inquiries and confirmation regarding patients’ conditions by the oncoming shift nurses, which might impair the health outcomes of the patients if the message delivered is inappropriate. Therefore, it is the duty of the healthcare managers to audit the handover so that delivery of care is of standards and any changes to the practice can be issued out (Mayor et al, 2012). Besides, the managers should participate in patients’ care and be part of the team to supervise the overall teamwork and become a role model to the nurses (Tschannen et al, 2013). Only that nurses at
Using slang is informal language and restricted at the work place. But not all slang is derogatory. In some cases, it’s a way to pack a lot of information into a single phrase, or to warn other colleagues about a potential difficult patient (Michaels). Like for an example a doctor says “High Five” to warn their nurses about a patient who has HIV before operating on that patient. In order to show professionalism, slang should always be avoided.
The Power of HeLa “You make sure Day takes care of them children” stated Henrietta with her last few gasps of breath (Skloot 85). This powerful statement shows just how caring and selfless Henrietta Lacks was. She wanted the best for everyone else, even though, she was on her death bed fighting for her life. She tried to mask the excruciating pain that she was in until it overcame her and she was forced to visit the hospital. In turn, this could have dampened her chances of curing the cancer.