Friday, March 20, 2015

Blog Review: Guest Blog: Staying Late At Work: You're Going To Have To

My favorite blog was “Guest Blog: Staying Late At Work: You’re Going To Have To”. What I like about the appearance of the blog is I like the fact how it has an image on the background of nursing tools. It doesn't really have any colors, it’s just the background image that has color which it has grey and black. It may not have creativity, but I still like it especially since the blog is about how what you experience or expect when you stay in late to start your shift and other information. The blog post does not have any labels, but what the title tells what the blog is about is what nurses have to go through when they stay in late to work, but depending what their shift hours are. Also on how staying in late at work or how many hours you do, you get paid hourly, which in that case it’s a great opportunity, but a difficult, tiring thing to do. 

What the Guest Blog: Staying Late At Work: You’re Going To Have To” blog post about is it talks about how often do you stay later than your shift demands, what kinds of unexpected things happen, how does it make you feel, and last but not least it asks if nurses go through the same. It talks about how nurses get paid hourly and by that, it’s a huge blessing how much they get paid. I mean some people work in offices, business industries, engineers, etc and they get paid salary. Those jobs are also as stressful as being a nurse, especially staying in late at work and they get paid the same amount. On the other hand, the blog post to me was credible. It didn't have any sources of information, but it was a personal reflection.

Friday, March 6, 2015

How To Deal With Difficult Patients As A Nurse

In nursing, most nurses don't like the patients they take care of because people in general are/can be difficult to deal with. in addition to that, their medications and conditions such as confusion can make the patient behave in a way that nurses won't understand. Also, some patients just never seem to be satisfied with anything their caretaker does for them. For example, one way to deal with a difficult patient is to always remember in what position the patient is in. Most patients may feel that they're not getting enough attention or that people aren't listening to their concerns. Not only that but one as a nurse, has to know that the patient is sick, may be uncomfortable, frustrated, or frightened. I mean it's not their choice to be patients; it's the nurses choice to be a nurse.

Another way to deal with a difficult patient is whenever they're talking to you, don't just hear what they're saying, listen to them. You have to be able to let them know that you're paying attention to them like keeping eye contact with them. Don't just stand there with your arms crossed, don't keep looking at your watch making it seem like you have someplace else more important to be. As a matter of fact, it's been said that approximately 80% of our communication is nonverbal so that is why it's important to listen to them.

Lastly, another way to deal with difficult patients is to be nice, be caring and keep your promises. As a nurse, it's their role not to just provide safe care, but also provide them support, information and reassurance to the patients. Not being nice to the patients will just cause them not to be nice to you. Nurses make commitments to these things when they choose nursing.

Monday, March 2, 2015

How To Communicate With Patients As A Nurse

One way to communicate with patients as a nurse is to get to know your patient. As a nurse it is important to know about your patient rather than just their health problems/process. For example, some things you can ask them is what their hobby is, if they have any children, or other interests in particular. That may help the patient feel comfortable talking about that with you. You can also introduce yourself, like tell them about you or you can explain to them your role in your patient's care.  I mean theirs usually some nurses who just go in and do what they have to do and not really communicate with their patient. Now in that case, doing that will not help you increase your communication skills towards your patients. Some patients don't feel comfortable for their physicians to check in them because they both don't have the connection where the patient doesn't feel comfortable.

Another way to communicate with patients as a nurse is to educate them. Patients trust us, along with their physicians, to be their educators. It is important that the patients know/understand what their treatment options and also know the the understanding of the healing process so that they can make educated choices. Some ways to be able to educate them is to either offer them reading materials, provide video resources, or etc. When educating your patient, you have to be sensitive to visual.  Through education, patients can be made aware of their disease process and potential treatment options. I mean educating patients is not as easy as one might think.

Lastly, another way to communicate with patients as a nurse is to remain calm and friendly. Being respectful to our patients is important. Not only that but you also have to be respectful to the choices and preferences they make. Making eye contact and appropriate non-verbal gestures when communicating is also another important thing to do. You can start by leaning forward to the direction of the patient. Do not cross your legs or fold your arms as these are defensive postures. All this will clearly demonstrate the patient that you are listening to them which they will appreciate.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How To Know What Medical Career Path To Choose

I think whether you are interested in having a medical profession because the field offers good career prospects or you have always loved it, I think you should consider some before wanting to enter the medical field. There are plenty of different medical professions. so if you want to make sure you choose the right one for you, one way to know what's the right medical career path is to think about what your motivation is. A healthcare career is really difficult from the the really comprehensive, difficult training to the huge responsibility on the job, so you need to know what your motivation is before knowing what medical career path is right for you. I mean careers in the medical field are really popular in today's world. Also medical professions can be well paid and steady.

Another way to know what the right medical path to choose is to think about where/what do you want to work in. Healthcare professional work in a great deal of variety environments. This question also talks about your motivation. If you’re someone who wants to help people, you might want to work in a hospital. Also, if you’re someone who's good with children, you could be employed by a pediatric clinic or if  you don't like/want to interact with people, you might choose to work in a lab or in an administrative office. It's also important to examine what you don't want in your medical job. For example, if you’re a very emotional person, you might not want to work in a hospice. 

Lastly, another way to know what's the right medical path to choose is to know if you have the required skills and strengths. As you may or may not know, different medical professions require different skills and strengths. However, they usually have some necessary requirements. Mostly all the positions in the medical field, you need to be able to work under pressure and have a lot of responsibility. Also, in my opinion I think it competitive and the fact that some nurses spend 12 hours on their feet working. You must know that a person's health and sometimes their life depend on the quality of work you do. The majority of medical professions also expect some level of technical ability. In many medical jobs, you'll often have to work a certain of long hours, which in that case it definitely requires a lot of flexibility.  

Friday, February 13, 2015

Opportunities in Nursing Career Book Review

The book Opportunities in Nursing Careers by Keville Frederickson is a very interesting book that has everything we need to explore a career in the unique field. Written by a leading authority, the comprehensive guide gives all the information we need to know for intelligent career decision making. I think that the most interesting part of the book was Chapter 1, which talks about the scope and history of nursing. It is said that in the United States today, there are over 2.5 million individuals who when addressed as nurse will respond. Possibly no other career is there so much confusion as to educational preparation, job qualifications, job titles, and job descriptions.

The information in the book is accurate. It gives information about overview of the field, employment outlook, career advancement, educational requirements,  and salary opportunities and where to get more information. Not only that, but it also gives information about technical registered nurse programs. Those programs are Associate Degree Program and the Baccalaureate Degree Program. The associate degree program is best suited for the student who is interested in a community-based program leading to eligibility to become a licensed as an RN. Associate degree programs are offered through public junior community colleges, private institution, senior colleges, or universities, or through technical institutes. Unlike any of the other programs in nursing, graduates of baccalaureate programs also are prepared to seek admission to master’s degree programs. The baccalaureate program is best suited to those individuals whose interests are in a senior college or a university-based education. It is offered through senior colleges and universities. The information is objective and informational, but the book is from 1989. For example, the salary back then for a graduate with an associate degree or a degree from a hospital nursing school who has passed the licensing examination would expect a beginning salary around $27,800, but today is it expected a beginning salary around $1.6 million, earning them $400,000 more than someone with just a high school diploma.

The information in the book is really helpful. Although it’s a book from 1989, I still think it was helpful. Got to learn about the registered nurse programs there is, what nurses do and the nursing ethics. The book is broken down into chapters, which in that case each chapter is about, the scope and history of nursing, educational preparation, getting started, the types and places of employment, and nursing organizations. But in all the chapters, it includes other type of information and that type of information is

Ch1: The Scope and History of Nursing. . . . . . .What is nursing? Historical development of nursing. Nursing and society. The health care team. Nursing workforce. Job satisfaction. Salaries. Attributes necessary for nursing.

Ch2: Educational Preparation. . . . . . . LPNS and LVNS. Registered nurse programs: the hospital school. Technical registered nurse programs: the associate degree. Professional registered nurse programs: the baccalaureate degree. Non-traditional approaches. Selecting a school. Financial assistance.

Ch3: Getting Started. . . . . . . The importance of self-assessment. Potential employment sources. Preparing a resume. The interview.

Ch4: Types and Places of Employment. . . . . . . Nursing service. Nursing administration. Nursing education. Nursing research. Military and volunteer nursing. Other nursing specialties. Nurse practitioners. Private practice. Graduate education.

Ch5: Nursing Organizations. . . . . . . American Nurses Association. National League for Nursing. International Council of Nurses. Sigma Theta Tau. Academy of Nursing.  

The way the book compares to other books in the same genre is usually other books about nursing dont have much information like this book. Other books might just talk about one specific thing but this book Opportunities in Nursing Careers by Keville Frederickson, does not.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

"Video Advice From A Nursing Expert" SSR

 The website above "Video Advice from a Nursing Expert" is a five-series videos, who features Caroline Porter Thomas, a Registered Nurse and author who works in Miami, Florida. Caroline is passionate about empowering new and prospective nursing students and sharing a taste of what it's like to work in rapidly growing field of healthcare. In one of her videos called "Why Nursing Now", Caroline talks about the exciting opportunities that one can have with a Registered Nurse degree. Caroline says in her video "As a nurse, I've seen many opportunities come to me in all different kinds of ways. However, a lot of people just start college ask whether nursing is a good profession choice for the future and now". Caroline for a fact does see many opportunities as a nurse. Not also that, but what she also talks about is data from the US Bureau of Labor statistics.  Registered Nursing tops the list for occupations that are slated to witness tremendous growth through 2022, with 19% more nursing positions. The growth rate is much higher than those projected for most US professions. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges,  one in three practicing physicians is expected to retire in the next 15 years, which in that case, it will drive the need for more nurses.  As she says that the range of nursing specialties is almost as varied as the personalities of nurses themselves, so no matter what kind of person you are, there's a place of nursing for you.  Caroline as an experienced nurse, just by having her nursing license, she has had many opportunities coming her way. For example, she was offered to apply to an insurance company and a job by a private aid company to be a manager. 

What I think about the video "Why Nursing Now" is I definitely do agree that someone can have many opportunities with a Registered Nurse degree. I know I haven't experienced it yet, but I have heard it from other people, especially from my step mom because she is a Registered Nurse. Many jobs are being automated or delegated to personnel overseas at a dramatic cost savings. Nursing is one job that can't be outsourced. I mean like Caroline said, it doesn't matter what kind of person you are; there's a place of nursing for you. Nurses do exciting and amazing things every day. I personally think that nurses are some of the smartest people in the world. When most people think about nursing, they think the traditional hospital nurse. Opportunities in the hospital are large, and it's where over 60% of the nurses work. At last I liked how Caroline talked about her experience of being a RN and the type of jobs she was offered just by having her nursing license.