Personal Caring Techniques For An Assistive Lift System

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During the second week of class, I was provided with a scenario to develop personal caring techniques by engaging with and providing basic morning care to a standardized patient (SP) who suffers from a spinal cord injury (Bornais, J., El-Masri, M., Krahn, R. & Raiger, J., 2012). When caring for the SP, my partner and I began by completing a focused assessment of his nervous system and then preformed a bed bath, changed the soiled bedding, and completed a head-to-toe assessment. We finished this provision of care by feeding Brandon and moving him into his wheelchair via an assistive lift system. Background During the first few weeks of professional practice, I learned a variety of clinical skills including using a foam pad to move patients up in bed, moving patients out of bed with the use of a battery operated lift, making both an occupied and unoccupied bed, and giving a bed bath. These topics led up to an opportunity to apply most of this new knowledge by working with and providing care to a gentleman named Brandon. Moreover, I utilized experience from previous labs and information from my textbook to help me make sense of this scenario. Although I did not know Brandon or what he was going through, I had obtained knowledge in my previous year of nursing that allowed me to be therapeutic and address his health concerns. This knowledge allowed me to feel increasingly prepared and confident in the nursing skills I would be utilizing and improving upon during the scenario. Noticing As the scenario unfolded, I noticed that Brandon was easy to work with, cooperative, and provided me with supportive feedback throughout the caring process including information as to how to position a patient’s leg to increase stability while they are ... ... middle of paper ... ...and physical when completing my objective assessments. I also will remind myself that nothing will go exactly according to my plan and not to be embarrassed if I make any mistakes, as these scenarios are a learning experience. Conclusion Tanner’s Clinical Judgment Model is an effective source of self-teaching for nurses everywhere. For me personally, it has allowed for the dissection of this caring process and highlighted my favourable aspects including performing an effective bed bath and being able to develop, alter, and use various skills in caring. Tanner’s also let me witness aspects needing improvement and therefore allowed for the development of ways for improvement. Without a doubt, I believe the use of Tanner’s aided in my personal gain of caring skills and more importantly will thereby assist in improvement of current and future client health and outcomes.

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