I have had the opportunity to participate in the community health service project at Temple University Hospital from past several weeks. I have found through this experience that service which is an act of helping or assisting others have changed my perception from helping others to being able to use my skills and knowledge I have in different ways to have better health outcomes. According to Mahatma Gandhi, in order to be the best person you can be, you should focus on finding ways to serve others. In serving others, you find out more about yourself and help others in the process. Therefore, I knew it would be a different experience where you are able to apply your knowledge in real world.
Clinics were run twice a week in this particular community setting for patients with mental health problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder to receive their depot intramuscular injections. This skill was chosen as the author was practising administering intramuscular injections almost on a daily basis but there is confusion around what is the best practice for administering depot intramuscular injections in the mental health setting. Antipsychotic depot injections are used to treat psychotic illnesses. They were developed to prevent non-compliance with oral treatment and reduce relaspe of symptoms like hearing voices/difficulty controlling thoughts (Royal College of Psychiatrists 2013). The British National Formulary (2013) states: Depot antipsychotics are administered by deep intramuscular injection at intervals of 1–4 weeks.
Through this essential, I have been able to integrate biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences into my area of practice as an educator. I learned to improve my advocacy and mentoring skills providing my students a non-judgmental learning environment. The clinical rotations often bring forth ethical dilemmas and through debriefing the students and this writer are able to advocate for the patient. Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and System Thinking are critical for improving quality patient outcome. The DNP program prepares the graduate to evaluate practice approaches based on scientific research findings.
Correctly identifying a patient prior to administering a medication is imperative to patient safety. Description The Joint Commission (2013) NPSG 1 is to improve the accuracy of patient identification by using at least two patient identifiers when providing care, treatment, and services. The rationale behind this NPSG is to stop wrong patient errors that occur in all stages of diagnosis and treatment. We have moved into an era of patient safety and reaching this goal is imperative to promoting and maintaining this era. One of the most basic fundamentals we learn in nursing school is the six rights of medication administration.
Ms. Yioldassis is a 74-year-old patient who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 6 years ago. The patient was referred to our clinic for diabetes evaluation and management. Ms. Yioldassis informs that normally her diabetes is very well controlled on oral medications and diet. She had glycemic control worsening during her recent illness and hospitalization, but that has resolved completely since discharge. The patient's current diabetes management consists of metformin and Diamicron MR.
Introduction Occupational therapy was a career choice I fell into. When I first arrived to Keiser University back in 2009 I was going to apply for the physical therapy assistant program. Physical and speech therapy where the only therapeutic disciplines I had any knowledge of at that time. When I met with the admissions counselor she informed me the waiting list for the PTA program was about two years, I was floored I wasn’t going to wait that long I needed to start school ASAP. The counselor then asked me “ what is your goal?” and my response was “to work with children in the medical field without being too medically involved”.
The learning I will imbibe from the study and training in relation to physical therapy will allow me to not only determine the psychological state of patients but also to assess their functional capacity. In fact, my study in Gerontology has prepared me to know if the hardships of an elderly patient are because of normal aging or because of other circumstances that can be addressed through physical therapy. By learning physical therapy skills at the University of St Augustine, I will be able to serve such patients in better
I want to obtain a better understanding of health education as well as human behavior on individual and group levels so that I may better understand clients’ needs and produce solutions for them. In my college Biopsychology and Health Psychology courses, I discovered a passion for these topics. They inspired me to deeply investigate the effects of physical health on mental health and vice versa, through research and experimentation for my senior thesis. I completed my thesis on the short-term effects of meditation and progressive muscle relaxation on cognitive functioning and mood. I learned about the effects of relaxation techniques on mental and physical health.
Today, with the healthcare consumerism trend, the patient has become the prime focus. This new approach is a turning point on the road to improving quality and lowering the risk-taking in the healthcare field. First, guiding information is made available for consumers through plethora of information sources. Then, different channels are established to gather patients’ feedback and insights which later can be used to further improve the system. In this paper, I will provide my personal feedback as a patient seeking information from the websites of four healthcare agencies Personal learning experience After navigating through the websites of National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Joint Commission, Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS), and Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI), I gained a much better understanding of the accreditation process, its importance, and its requirements.
Assessment The goal of my learning plan for this semester is to develop skills in health education specific to adolescents. I chose this as my learning goal because my placement this semester at Sunnybrook Hospital, Injury Prevention Program, gives me an opportunity to provide health education to high school students every Tuesday at out P.A.R.T.Y. Program so I thought I should use this opportunity to develop my and improve my nursing skills in this area. As well as good health education skills to adolescents can benefit the students by proving them a motivating learning environment and better learning outcomes. I hope they can enjoy my teaching and absorb the information and use them in the future.