Skills in how to communicate effectively with both the pediatric patient and their parents are important for a nurse to foster to maintain good therapeutic relationships. Person centred care becomes family centred care when babies and children are the patients. The dependent nature of the patient increases the need for parental responsibility and advocacy for the child. It is important for all members of the family to be taken into account when nursing a pediatric patient, especially the primary caregivers and siblings. Chochinov, 2007 (cited in Cornwell & Goodrich, 2009), states simply that compassion is ‘a deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.’ Pediatric patients and their families are highly sensitive to the compassionate nature of health care professionals and a successful therapeutic relationship with them depends on the sensitive, compassionate care offered by the nurse.
Laskowski-Jones described an accident that her mother died at the scene and critically injured her father. Her father being brought to the hospital where she was employed, Laskowski-Jones was given the opportunity to see her father in the operating room just before being put under anesthesia. He was awake; Laskowski-Jones was able to express how much she loved him and not to worry. These would be that last words they spoke. Laskowski-Jones (2007) stated “I’m sure both my position in the hospital and my education as a trauma nurse allowed me a rare privilege that isn’t typically offered to families” (p. 47).
I further believe that my patients should be informed about their illness regardless of what the condition or injury is. The patient should be provided with proper patient education about the illness that includes how to take care for the illness – its process, medications, and how to manage their daily life. The success of the patient’s recovery process could very well depend on the knowledge received. Patient teaching can be the key to teaching patients how to live a long productive
Becoming a CNA was easy for Daphne, but the career had its disadvantages. When after one year as a CNA, in a nursing home, she was accused of an act she did not commit. With an abuse offense behind her license, she was terminated and had to find another job. Always being written up for the negative things that take place on the job is another obstacle Daphne faced. Daphne had been written up and reported several times for having to leave the job to get to her kids for whatever reasons.
We are now in the process of arranging for her to move to an assisted living facility near my home. She will still be able to have a little bit of independence, but the family will have the assurance that she will be safe when we cannot be there. My Grandma is not yet in the stage where she forgets who we are, but sometimes needs to be reminded. A conversation with her consists of a lot of repeating. One thing that I do notice in my grandmother that coincides with my research is that a majority of her forgetfulness involves short-term memory loss.
The strained relationship with his only child could isolate Mr. Trosack and could lead to depression. The nurses and doctors on the team has to work with Mr. Trosack regarding health education. The importance of regular check-ups needs to be stressed, because Mr. Trosack hadn’t had a physical exam in ten years and he had expired medications in his medicine cabinet. He was diagnosed with hypertension and non-insulin-dependent diabetes and will need to further education. Mr. Trosack will need to know how to manage hypertension and diabetes through medication, diet, and exercise.
In the scenario, Mr. J. is a 72 year old retired rabbi who has mild dementia and was admitted to the hospital for a fractured right hip. The scenario provides numerous issues that put the patient’s health at risk. They include the use of restraints, a hospital acquired pressure ulcer, and also the lack of cultural sensitivity, which lead to a unsatisfied patient and his family. As nurses, we are taught throughout our time in nursing school that we have a responsibility to protect our patients. It is important for nurses to understand nursing-sensitive indicators, and how they can be used to prevent injuries to patients.
According to Garity (2005), “The nurse’s ability to collaborate with patients, families, and multi/ intra-disciplinary health care professionals in the successful resolution of such dilemmas can affect the quality of health care” (p. 11). The nurse has an ethical obligation to give every patient the same level of compassion, care, and respect regardless of the nature of the illness (Chitty & Black, 2010). Whether or not the nurse agrees or disagrees with the decision that Marianne’s family has decided on, the nurse must ethically abide by the family’s wishes and provide the highest quality of care for her. The nurse’s highest level of commitments is for Marianne at that point. Although competing demands of patient, family, and physician have risen, the nurse’s first priority is always providing care that ensures patient safety and protects the best welfare of the patient.
Before I read the book, I could have been overdramatic and reacted theatrically to what now seems as silly happenings and consider myself to have a difficult life. Although I know my life is not perfect, I now regard my family and home life as the life I would chose to live over any other. The thankfulness this book has rooted in me has forever changed my life. Whenever I find myself in a difficult situation, I know that I have a family who loves me and will support me through anything, regardless of what it is. I realize now that this is a blessing that others may
I also believe that family members should support their elderly parents or grandparents because when they were young, the elderly were the ones who care for them; so, now it is their responsibility to care for the elderly. I wish that everybody held the same opinions I do so the world would not see the elderly population get abused, mistreated, or disrespected from anybody, including healthcare professionals. It is very difficult to change everyone’s attitudes and biases but whatever I am able to do for the elderly population, I will continue to do day by