This week my patient was admitted to hospital due to a fall that he broke his right and left elbows and his right knee. He was transferred from another hospital to Kaiser for his right knee surgery. After I introduced myself to the patient, I immediately start my head-to-toe assessment on the patient. Then, I started to make sure his pain level is under control because of the operation. Another focus I have for my patient was to ensure his safety since he is immobility. I make sure the bed is on the lowest position, call light is within his reach, and both upper side rails are up to prevent him from falling off the bed. After I administra...
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...ion to learn and eliminate any challenge that comes in my way. With determination in mind, I know I can become a professional nurse step by step.
Since this is the first time I have a patient that needs assistance in feeding, I applied what I learned from our textbook. According to the Fundamental of Nursing textbook (2013), in order to prevent aspiration during feeding, “Position the patient in an upright, seated position in a chair or raise the head of the bed to 90 degrees”. (p.1018). Also, “Allow him or her to chew thoroughly and swallow the bite before taking another”. (p. 1018). Because of what I learned from the textbook, I was able to carry out my task of feeding the patient safely. This is a good example of applying my textbook knowledge into a real setting. That is why I believe the more I read our textbook, the more knowledge I can utilize when I needed.
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