Imagine a room that gives life and death. Crying, squirming babies sleep in glowing incubators that have an a plethora of machines attached to it that beep and buzz day and night. A mother reaching into one of these incubators to touch her tiny baby that only weighs two pounds. While in a quiet corner nurses and doctors hovering over a baby in another incubator watching it take quick, tiny breaths. Just another day at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for neonatal nurses.
My research topic for ENG 114 is “Should the Malaysian government implement mandatory vaccination?”. In order to complete the research topic that I chose, I had read up on a few reports and articles regarding the topic of mandatory vaccination available on the Internet. Thus, in order to validate the information that I obtained, a web evaluation of the article that I chose is necessary. The article that I chose for web evaluation is an article that I obtained from a government website, entitled “Vaccine Mandates: The Public Health Imperative and Individual Rights”. The article touched upon the impact of vaccines in effectively decreasing the cases of infectious diseases in the United States, the role of mandatory vaccination in accomplishing
Since the beginning of my nursing journey, I have heard about the nursing shortage. It seems unreal to me simply because of how competitive nursing school is and the amount of people that try to become nurses. So why do we have a nursing shortage? “The persistent nursing shortage is challenging the values and beliefs of the nursing profession and causing nurses to ask how they can fulfill their ethical responsibilities to patients when there are an insufficient number and a maldistribution of nurses” (Erlen, 2004, p. 289).
Rhonda Nearhoof, this is very touching and I absolutely admire your courage and strength. Being a hospice nurse, you face a lot of challenges of whether or not to be emotional close to the patient and the family. Based on your post I can see that you went beyond the call of duty to advocate for the patient in every way that you could. I also agree with you that “if we do not speak for our patients, then who will?”. As mentioned in your post, many patients are unable to speak for themselves, and they need our education and guidance to advocate for them to their families, doctors, or whoever else is involved with their care, and I honestly agree that it is our duty as a nurse to speak up and ensure their needs are met because as a nurse
Lucas Galante Cantelmi Health Assignment 15 27 October 2015 Vaccination: Why Do They Matter? Vaccines save lives, so why are they so feared? Vaccinations are proven to prevent disease safely, and with few complications. Many health organizations endorse vaccines, and with good reason.
Identifying a Researchable Problem For this research project, I have chosen Ventilator-Acquired Pneumonia (VAP) among the intensive care patient population. This is a primary concern and prevention effort with intubated patients while in the intensive care unit. Patients in the intensive care unit often face many challenges during their stay. As an intensive care unit patient, they are often critically ill and are at a high risk for death; however, they are also at a high risk of death related to secondary complications often associated with nosocomial-acquired infection.
Nurses often faced a variety of challenges in order to maintain quality of patients’ care, in line with the changes in medicine and nursing profession. Nurses need to be mastered in all aspects and play really important roles in providing effective and efficient care to the patients. They need to deal with emotional and professional demand of many people, especially the patients. With the development of advanced technologies and various specializations in medicine, there are many requests for higher expectations and demands for nurses from a variety of specialization as well. Moreover, as a result, it is more stressful and challenging for newly graduated nurses as they face problems to adapt to their new professional career and environment.
Objection 1: In the instance of a school shooting, how does a nurse display empathy for someone who did something so horrible? If the shooter is being admitted to the hospital of the nurse’s employment, the shooting was likely in close proximity. If one of the victims was known by the nursing staff, they may be reluctant to provide care.
Mrs. B, a chronically weak bed bound 78 year old woman was in the hospital for an acute change of mental status. Her baseline was that she was alert and oriented but needed assistance with activities of daily living except feeding herself. She had a 24/7 caregiver caring for her, but recently it was reduced to 6 hours a day because she was financially unable to pay for it. I was taking care of her and witnessed the social worker from Adult Protective Services speaking to her about her safety and trying to arrange for her to move into an assisted living facility. This would be paid for through a Medicaid waiver, but the patient refused.
The Making of a Nurse There are many people who do not know of the impacts nurses have on patients, as they care for their patients physically, emotionally, and spiritually. At times, nurses can be taken for granted by a number of different people. It is usually when people are at their most vulnerable do they see the significant roles nurses play. Nurses can truly bring joy and hope in patients in the worst of times, as there may not always be treatment readily available. As explained by Shalof (2007), “[…] while there may be times when [nurses] may decide to withdraw treatment, [nurses] never withdraw care” nurses never give up on their patients, which is an enlightening notion for me (p. 122).