Ralph Emerson once said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful … to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” I chose the profession of occupational therapy to embrace this rationale of life; to encourage others to help themselves and discover the resilience and strength they have to successfully re-integrate with their community. At Hunter College I majored in psychology and I wanted to continue to apply this knowledge through a health care career. Occupational Therapy effectively concentrates on the psychological, emotional, and physical well-being of the patient, while facilitating those individuals with illnesses or injuries to re-learn everyday tasks.
(Arnold and Boggs, 2011, p. 474). There is a distinct purpose for team meetings that is concentrated on a discussion about targeted clients and their family need and attaining related treatment goals. “Interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaborations require deliberate effort on the part of the groups involved. The key to collaboration is recognizing and having the present the components that are necessary and sufficient for the collaboration to work”. (Pressler & Kenner, 2012). “Collaboration is an essential feature of nursing work and is seen as a central nursing competency, nurses often find that collaborative practice can be challenging within contemporary health care settings” (Doane & Varco, 2015, p. 397). Some nurses go as far as to ignore or avoid the collaborative aspect of their work, there are many factors as to why they would do this, lack of knowledge sharing, a misconstrued perception of reciprocity and equity of status, the hierarchy of power between interprofessional colleagues, and some nurses elicited, “individual anxiety, avoidance behaviors and defensive professional efforts” (Doane & Varco, 2015, P. 397) as their reasons. The professional consequences of these actions for nurses are “a poorer comprehension and
I have worked with medical students who come from the UA COM-P culture and I believe they bring a great amount of cultural awareness to their role on the healthcare team. The focus of early clinical exposure at UA COM-P makes a significant difference in learning how to care for people. The UA COM-P emphasis on cultural diversity allows for more learning opportunities and fully encompasses what it means to take care of the patient and not just treat a disease. I entered the medical field wanting to be at the bedside helping people. I think this gives me a unique view, and ability to help contribute to UA COM-P diversity centered training and culture. Being at the bedside for 40 plus hours a week for almost 4 years I've learned that all
I have always had the intense desire to care and look after people from a very young age. I firmly believe that everyone deserves the best quality of life possible and this is what had drawn me to occupational therapy as a career path in the first place. It is so easy to take for granted all the everyday tasks we can do and we seldom consider the effect of not being able to complete them. As an occupational therapist I would be able to make a positive impact on someone’s life and make it possible for them to enjoy their life. I want the opportunity to provide support to people, help them gain independence and watch them grow more confident in their own ability. I want to be part of such a rewarding career.
My life experiences have shaped me considerably for career in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. At this stage of my life, I have interacted with a lot of people beginning from Africa to Europe and currently in the United States of America. Throughout my interactions, I have acquired skills and abilities for specific jobs as well as being able in identifying activities
The murder of Emmett Till was a big part of the Civil Rights. Back then it was easy for a white man to get away with doing things to colored people because only white people were on the jury.The way Till was murdered was such a horrible way to die. He got punished for doing something that he didn’t know was against the law.
My placement was at Toronto Rehab at the Lyndhurst location. I was placed in a seating clinic to work with neurological clients who either have a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, polio or general decline in function regarding their posture. I was assigned to work with Andree Gauthier; she has twelve years of experience when it comes to wheelchair seating and positioning. My placement started from March 6 to April 7 and my work hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm. From my previous intermediate placement, I had the opportunity to do an inventory of all mobility aides residents use at the LTC home. I was able to utilize my previous knowledge and applied my skills in the seating clinic. At the seating clinic, they provide wheelchair seating assessments for custom made backrest and cushion for the clients. Clients may also require specialized drive controls or have chronic postural and skin issues where past interventions have been unsuccessful. I had the opportunity to experience many learning opportunities at the seating clinic that will help me in my future practice as a health care professional.
While working several shifts in an Alzheimer's unit in a local care facility, I had the opportunity to meet a registered nurse named Sarah. Sarah had plenty of insight on what it is like being a nurse in a facility. During my observations of her duties I witnessed many things that opened my eyes as to what I want in my future career choices.
My Step-Father had type 1 diabetes. A team of health care professionals worked tirelessly to help him live. He never attempted to watch his diet nor take is medication, he tended to overdose on his salts and sugars and knew nothing of a balanced diet. He never saw a problem in his lifestyle. Nevertheless, he died a peaceful man – none of which could have been achieved without the team of doctors, nurses, dietitians and many more. At this moment I became very aware of what amazing jobs health care professionals where doing. During my work experience at an outpatient clinic I had the opportunity of exploring all the different clinics whose jobs were to nurse and advice people like my Step-Father with diabetes. This impelled me to make more of
Political participation is defined by the authors of Texas Politics as “all of the opportunities we have as individuals or groups, associations, or political parties to join in shaping common life”. (Pg.52) Chapter 3 of Texas Politics discusses political participation in great detail, addressing virtually all aspects related to the evolution of political participation. Cal Jillson divides the chapter into several sections: The Evolution of Suffrage, Modern Voter Registration and Turnout, Decision to Vote (or Not), Political Campaigns, and finally, Types of Elections (Chapter 3).
Effective team working requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills between professionals whether they are working directly with this family or whether they are helping to assist the professionals involved.
For my senior project I job shadowed a registered nurse on the Acute Rehab floor at Mercy General Hospital. My goals for senior project were to learn the basic skills a nurse needs to help a patient and to learn how to interact with different types of personalities. My mentor for my project was Michelle Whitten, she has been a nurse for two and a half years. Michelle has a B.S in nursing and a B.A in human development. She is certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR, Basic Life Support BLS, Advanced cardiac life support ACLS,
San Mateo County Department of Children and Family Services (CFS) works with children and their families to preserve and reunite families. CFS is committed to ongoing child welfare improvements to enhance supportive services to children and families and build on the foundation of safety and risk, prevention, and permanency. The mission statement of San Mateo County Human Services Agency (HSA) is to enhance the well-being of children, adults, and families by providing professional, responsive, caring, and supportive services. Children and Family Services’ mission statement is aligned with HSA’s mission and vision for all San Mateo County residents. CFS is dedicated to assist “. . . families understand and solve the issues that
Occupational therapy allows a patient to work towards the goal of being able to perform basic everyday functional tasks. Therapy will differ for each patient, providing purposeful tasks that will allow the most growth for the specific individual needs. Being able to be an independent individual that can perform functional tasks is something that most people strive for, and if something happened that altered this way of life, it can be very stressful and even feel dehumanizing to the patient. Striving for independence and working with the therapists is something that will positively affect the patient's quality of life.
Besides building rapport, the social worker’s interview style is important. A social work interview should consist primarily of open-ended questions as it encourages clients to elaborate on their responses. Social workers should also establish they understand the client 's replies by asking follow-up questions to acknowledge the client 's comments and encourage them to continue (Williams, n.d.). Upon reflecting on the interview process, I felt that I failed to achieve this. Because I realised that some parts of my interview lack the depth that I was hoping to achieve. I think that the main reason would be that I was impatient as my concern was to finish the interview