Reflection In Mental Health

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Overall, I had a very positive experience during this first week of my mental health clinical rotation. When I went into the hospital, I was a little apprehensive because of the stories the orientation nurse told us about the different units. However, when I got onto the unit, I realized that these children were the same as other kids, but they had different mental health issues from their past experiences or their genetics. Most of the kids on this unit did not do anything to become the way they are. After watching the kids for about an hour, I decided to jump in and start playing with a child after being asked to play catch. I played with that girl, then I was asked to help put together a puzzle with a girl. For the rest of the day, I mostly was putting together puzzles or talking with the kids. Blaine and I went to the adolescent side when the children were at one of their groups and watched those…show more content…
I gained much insight into what a mental health unit looks like at the hospital, even if the children had a good day. I feel like the children on my unit helped me become more comfortable with talking to multiple children and meet my goal for this clinical week. Because of this week, I wont be as nervous about interacting with the patients. I know how to be safe as well as different behaviors to look for in children when they get agitated or anxious so I can better care for them before they have an…show more content…
I will not jump to conclusions based on stigma in an area or about a certain diagnosis. Instead, I will go to the patient directly to assess myself and gain information from the patient to see what they need from me as a nurse or caregiver. I will allow myself to see the patient for who they are and what they could be with care. Also, I will be more patient with people, no matter what their diagnosis
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