I realized I did not know much about what specific resources I could offer her for her personal life such as daycare for her children on days she goes to treatment, etc. My answer to this was to refer the patient to higher level of care and connect her to social services. I assured her that we would be a starting off point where we can connect her to the resources she may need to the best of our
Over the coming weeks, I witnessed her losing her battle, not only with her illness but the lack of support from others. Yet my presence had caused her to smile and regain some happiness. From this, I learned that all patients need support, and I realized that even the simplest things can change a person’s outlook on life. It also became clear to me that a patient’s emotional comfort is as important as her physical health, and it is essential to consider this when treating
Her life with her family has changed for the better. The challenge of finding a problem and treating the patient is something I love, I make sure the plans we have for them are known. " Everyone gets the same approach rather than a cookie cutter". People usually say "are you not stressed up after the day's work"?. No, I feel vibrant.
They decided to keep her there because they knew how much I cared for her and that I would make sure she got the proper care from everyone else. She told me that her mom always talked so highly of me and that I was one of the few things she looked forward too especially in her last few weeks. 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.
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.
I saw my first Cesarean Section. It was mind-blowing. I thought, I was going to faint or not able to handle the sight of blood, however, I was there for my patient from her C-section to transferring her to postpartum. I developed a trusting rapport with the patient, her husband, and the newborn baby that they allowed me to teach them with cord care.
I was able to create better therapeutic communication skills, pick up on the patient’s ticks, learn how to assess for triggers, etc. I will use this in the future because I will come in contact with patients who suffer from a mental illness on any floor I work on. They may not as serious as some of the patients I worked with on this clinical rotation, however, it is still important, as a nurse, to recognize and address mental health issues with patients. I also learned just how important self-care for nurses is. It doesn’t take long for nurses to begin to feel burnt out and lose passion in what they do.
I realized how important it is to incorporate all aspects of her situation, not just how she is feeling pain and has a hard time hearing, but also to focus on her wound. If I had not educated her about wound care, then she would not know how to properly care for her wound, and this might lead to a risk of infection or bleeding and slow time
She asked the teachers to take care of as much of the student’s health care needs as possible within the classroom, before sending the student to the nurse. Furthermore, educators are allowed to give students mints, apply vaseline to minor cuts and scrapes, and provide bandaids. The school nurse also took the time to hand out medical supplies such as bandages, wipes, etc. to the teachers so they could replenish their emergency kits. In addition, the nurse asked the teachers to please be specific when there is an emergency and a nurse 's presence is required. She says it helps if teachers provide the name of the child, the symptoms of the child, and where the child is in the school to better assist the nurses in providing help to those students as quickly as possible hassle free.
I made my point very nicely by telling her that it is not necessary to speak continuously with the patients during the entire treatment period but, she should build a rapport with them in order to make them comfortable. She understood everything I said and appreciated my feedback. Also, promised me that she will try to improve her interaction with the
These last hours consisted of screaming, taking walks, laying back down, and being so excited to see her baby daughter. She’s ready for it to be over, and wants someone to tell her she’s doing great. Her husband, Mark was there for the beginning of the labor, and supporting her. Telling her that she can do this, and that this will be good for them. He keep saying that this will solve their issues, it’s a new start.
All I wanted to do was go back home. I started to feel better when the nurses introduced my mom and I to the playroom in the hospital. There were blocks, Legos, and even a play kitchen. I was so happy, despite being sick. My mom played with me during the daytime.
I realized that the previous nurse was not able to see what was happening because she barely assessed the patient during her shift. In addition, she failed to take into consideration the opinion of the caregiver. Once I start practicing, I plan to incorporate best practice guidelines to the care of my patients. Also, this experience gave me the opportunity to practice my skills and to test my ability to think critically in emergency situations. The most demanding aspect of this experience for me was to carry the interventions on my own.
Before this, she was living on her own and her goal was to be able to go back home and do all the things she was doing before. At first, it was really hard for her to even stand up and put weight on her leg. As time went on, she was able to walk a short distance with a walker. Jeannie was beside her making sure she did not fall and I followed with a wheelchair just in case she got too tired to continue her walk.