I got to see several ways that nurses provide care for their patients. I observed ICU nurses care for their ill, elderly patients. I witnessed physical therapy nurses assist their patients to ambulate immediately post-surgery. I noticed how fast ER nurses work to triage their patients. I learned a lot from those nurses but could not decide which unit was meant for me.
Tracheostomy is a procedure, in which an opening is created through the neck into the windpipe also known as the trachea to enable breathing and to open blocked airways. The purpose of tracheostomy is to improve alveolar ventilation in case of respiratory inadequacy, to create an alternative pathway for breathing, or to protect the airways by using a cuffed tube. This also allows for the air to enter the lungs therefore, the breathing is done through the tube. When a patient has tracheostomy they are bypassing the nose, mouth, and throat to be able to breath.
Along with the patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, support groups can greatly assist their families. In several support groups, patients that are in the early stages of Alzheimer 's disease benefit. The support groups can help to maintain their quality of life and decrease the amount of behavioral treatment that they may require. Other groups help patients with the physical performance and their memory impairment. The support groups usually help the families prepare for the decline of the patient 's mental thinking abilities from the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (“World Alzheimer
My supervisor assigned me to work with patients who has hip and knee total arthroplasty recently by myself. I need to have my confident and know how to maintain my body in the right position to protect my body as well as my patients during functional transfers. I help them from sitting to standing and from one place to another follow hip or knee precautions as most of the patients have a hard time for ambulation. In addition, I need to educate patients to avoid certain movements to reduce the risk of dislocating their new hips when they perform daily activities before the muscles and tendons around the new joint have healed.
For instance, patients usually begin physical therapy, which is usually “used to rehabilitate those with joint and muscle instability” . Also, doctors may recommend “surgery to repair damaged joints”, in addition to possibly being prescribed “drugs to minimize [any] pain” that the patient may be experiencing. The part of treatment that will unquestionably alter the patient's lifestyle are the steps that need to be taken to prevent any possibility of injury in order to protect joints. Some doctors advice the use of assistive devices to diminish pressure on the patient’s joints. The last part of treatment that will change the patient’s life is that it is advised to avoid contact sports, lifting weights, harsh soaps that may cause the skin to have an allergic reaction or becoming too dry, and to use sunscreen to protect the
An example of the importance of interprofessional training is that when a physical therapist works with a patient in the hospital. If the patient is in too much pain or is sleepy from the medication the physical therapist will not be able to accomplish much. However, if the physical therapist contacts the nurses beforehand and informs them of the time he will arrive to work with a patient, the nurse could make accommodations. This would allow the patient to accomplish the physical therapist’s intended tasks for the day and the patient’s recovery time could decrease exponentially. Many patient’s care relies on their health care team effectively cooperating and acting as a cohesive unit for the patient to experience optimal
When someone hears the word “influential”, they often think about their family or friends. While my family and friends have made a big impact on my life, there is one person who has given me more motivation than anyone else I know in my day to day life. Her name was Elizabeth Blackwell. She is most well known as the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, and as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register. She faced harassment while going to college, and struggled everyday to achieve a degree in medicine.
When searching for a career path I found myself time after time researching the medical field. Now, as I have chosen my college and major this has only become all the more real. At IUSB I plan to work towards obtaining a bachelor 's degree in nursing. Nursing allows for countless opportunities and areas to specialize in. Theresa Brown, a real-life Oncology/Hematology Nurse, writes the riveting novel “The Shift” through her eyes as she attempts to care for four high-maintenance and very ill patients.
Physical therapy such as ultrasound, stretching, strengthening, and range-of-motion exercises can be helpful in people whose symptoms have become less intense but still exist. In some cases, medicine can ease the pain and swelling. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonprescription pain relievers can relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Corticosteroids by mouth or corticosteroid injections may relieve pressure on the median nerve and provide immediate, temporary relief to persons with mild or intermittent symptoms. Patients with diabetes or who are predisposed to diabetes should not use corticosteroids for a prolonged period of time because it can make it difficult to regulate insulin levels.
However, I want to do more I want to be able to follow the process from beginning to end and do the evaluations. I want to be able to do the testing and the measuring. I have set out on this journey of health care because I want to help people go from post-operative to back to fully functioning with realistic goals in place. I want to be able to walk the journey with the patients and let them know that they are not on it alone. Through Physical Therapy I feel that patients get more than just rehabilitation of an injury or surgery but they get a change in mindset from injured to functioning independently again as they did before.
I have used these assessments daily as a rehabilitation/geriatric nurse. These assessments are valuable to use for patients who might have compromise circulatory problems. This includes orthopaedic patients, medical history of PVD and DVT, and non-healing wounds. Peripheral pulses are hard to find in patients who are sick and dehydrated. I use the Doppler to find the pulses in the foot or ankles because they can be difficult sometimes in patients with circulatory problems.
She was helped by a nurse 's aid. If they needed answers they usually went to the doctors or went back to their patient information for more insight. A typical day for Cindy was woke up, checked on al her patients, took vitals and then prepared them for any tests or surgeries they needed for the day. Some things I thought was cool was the relationship she had with some of her patients. Her working
DOI: 5/23/2016. Patient is a 48-year-old male sales employee who sustained injury due to a car accident. Per OMNI, he was initially diagnosed with cervical and left shoulder sprain/strain. Based on the latest medical report dated 07/15/16, the patient notes his neck pain radiating to his left upper extremity is now described as 5/10 in intensity and notes the associated tingling on his left arm is now worse.