Week 5 Reflective Journal

This week we focused on the roles of health care personnel in patient care. I was hoping to gain a better understanding of the resources available to me to help provide the best care possible for my patients. This week I able to learn about the different resources available in patient care. Applying the information in case studies, critical thinking scenarios, and discussions helped prepare for situations that might occur while I’m working. This week I felt like I was also able to become more familiar with diabetes education. I am not an expert in diabetes, let alone in another language, so knowing that people like diabetes educators and translators are available help makes my role as a nurse less overwhelming. Diabetes is a complex condition and requires a great deal of education.

While I’m working as a nurse in the future, I will be sure to be aware of my resources and of people that can help me in difficult situations.

Week 4 Reflective Journal

This week we learned about legal and ethical issues in nursing. Before this unit, I was familiar with legal and ethical issues in nursing but I didn’t have a lot of experience responding to them. I was able to learn a lot by applying information I know to the case study, discussion, and critical thinking assignments this week. If experiences like this ever happen in my nursing career I will be better prepared to respond to them. This week I was able to learn more about assisted suicide and the policies that are in place in the states where it is legal. While looking for information on the subject, I stumbled across this chart and thought that the information in it was very interesting. This chart discusses the number of assisted suicides in Oregon and the reasons why people chose to end their lives.

Au, H. Y. (2010). Should physician-assisted suicide be legal?. Angles. Retrieved from http://web.mit.edu/angles/2010_Hoyin_Au.html

Week 3 Reflection

I expected to learn quality improvement strategies. This unit helped me better understand quality improvement strategies. I really liked the videos on the burned toast and the funnel. It helped me better understand incident prevention techniques and why outcomes vary so much. This information will help me better patient outcomes and factors that can affect them. I feel like I learned a lot this week and that the information will be very beneficial in my nursing career.

Week 2 Reflection

This week I was hoping to learn more about concepts related to quality in the healthcare system. Before this week I had never really thought much about quality before, but I knew that there were gaps between the definitions of quality from patients and from healthcare providers. This unit helped me to close the gaps in my thinking. The definition of quality will vary between everyone, but I think that keeping people safe, helping them feel better, and being nice to them are pretty much included in everyone’s definition. I really think that the M&M assignment helped me get a much better view of the definition of quality. In the future, I will try to meet my patients’ definitions of quality in care. I think that frequently asking the patient if I can help them with anything (other than basic needs) will help improve the care I provide. I think that this material will help me become a better nurse and patient advocate.

Critical Thinking

This week in class we discussed what the definition of quality is in the healthcare setting. When I am receiving care, I want my healthcare providers to not hurt me, help me feel better, and to be nice to me. As long as those three needs are met I will be pleased with the care I receive. As a professional nurse, I consider quality care as being competent in skills, being a patient advocate, and knowing my duties. Basically, I want to avoid hurting my patients, I want to help them feel better, and I want to treat them in a kind and respectful way. I think that my definitions for the quality of receiving and providing healthcare are very similar.