T.B. is a 65-year-old retiree who is admitted to your unit from the emergency department (ED). On arrival you note that he is trembling and nearly doubled over with severe abdominal pain. T.B. indicates that he has severe pain in the right upper quadrant (RUQ) of his abdomen that radiates through to his mid-back as a deep, sharp boring pain. He is more comfortable walking or sitting bent forward rather than lying flat in bed. He admits to having had several similar bouts of abdominal pain in the last month, but “none as bad as this.” He feels nauseated but has not vomited, although he did vomit a week ago with a similar episode. T.B. experienced an acute onset of pain after eating fish and chips
This role does not only allow me to shadow doctors while they engage with patients, providing an opportunity to gain invaluable information and advises. This role requires most of my attention towards patients’ needs, which helps to establish a professional relationship and understand what they expect a doctor to be: caring and sensitive but decisive. As English is not my first language, my bilingual skills give me a chance to help some patients through being a translator. It is not the dream job anyone imagines, hours of sleepless shifts, tremendous responsibility with no room for errors as dealing with fragile lives and not products. This only further strengthens my decision to pursue medicine. What I most admire is how empathetic a doctor can be yet unaffected during a critical situation. It is more than just a skill; it is a talent.
I chose to interview B. G, our clinical educator in my unit, who started her career after graduating BSN from Indian Army, 1991. She worked from 1991 – 1993 at Military hospital in India as a ward sister who is in charge of the medical unit. She gained clinical experience while assessing patients, taking vital signs, assisting doctors and performing venipunctures and injections.
In Cutting for Stone Thomas Stone asks, “What treatment in an emergency is administrated by ear?” The correct answer is “Words of comfort.” Just this one statement encapsulates the books surprising take on medicine this question also reminds me of experiences I have had with doctors and hospitals. I will be discussing these topics along with how Cutting for Stone tells us about the roles of compassion, faith, and hop in medicine.
Time flows like a river and you find yourself not thinking the way you used to as a child. As I grew older, my dreams and goals changed as well as my mindset on how to achieve those aspirations. Mercyhurst University’s Public Health Program is the main step toward helping me achieve my career goal of becoming a Registered Health Information Technician. I’d like to define success as many achievements and accomplishments, as well as the coming of knowledge for that which was unknown to one’s self. Therefore, there should never be an ending to a success story. It was when I graduated as a medical assistant that sparked the realization to what field I was most interested in.
My Ultimate goal is to become a Medical reimbursement Technician, because it’s a challenge; challenging myself is what I like to do. To be able to perform this job well you have to have the training, education, skills, knowledge, experience, communication skills, and customer services skills. This career field is very demanding and the availability for it is high. It is very critical when performing this job because with the important information that will be handled.
It is difficult enough to go to the emergency ward with a family member and speak the same language as the staff. The admitting nurse wants all insurance information, another nurse/secretary asks for injury/illness history and, meanwhile, the person who needs to see the doctor is waiting in pain. The stress mounts and communication becomes harder. Now, take that same scenario when someone in the ER does not speak the language or know the culture of the patient. It not only severely complicates the process, but endangers the person needing the care. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman is the tragedy about three-month-old Lia Lee, from Laos, who unfortunately was one of these
It was June 12, 2016, one of the deadliest mass shootings at Orlando, FL. It wasn’t like any other day; after a tragic event I was called into work around 5:30am. I finally reached ORMC amidst of all the chaos, there wasn’t any pleasant welcome, every face mimicked a variety of emotions with some worried and sad, while others confused and suspicious. I was floated to the trauma unit to accommodate victims after surgery. I could sense the sturdy whiff of blood as I walked into the unit which I was not so familiar with. Even though my heart was aching by witnessing the sufferings of those innocent victims, I had a strong impulse to help and give my all. I took my assignment sheet and walked into my patient’s room. As he slowly opened his eyes, the nurse repeated the questions:
My first attempt at a career was in the military, which ended with a medical discharge after a knee injury. After a few different jobs, I felt I finally had a career when I found employment as an assembler with Oshkosh Truck. Unfortunately, in June 2014, I was laid off. It was at this time, I decided to return to college. I have always enjoyed technology and science, so I enrolled at a technical college in Fall ’14; completing general coursework, while figuring out which program would be the best fit for me. Then in March ’15 I realized that I wanted some focus in healthcare during a service-learning experience in Jamaica. I will now be starting the Medical Laboratory Technician program in Fall ’16. After all these turns, I hope to finally
I am sure you have heard I need this scholarship to better myself or to get a entry level job one two many times. So in this essay I will try to explain why I picked Patient Care Tech program and why it will help me achieve my future goals. My first reason would be i choose Patient Care Technician because it will bring great growth to my career goal. The second reason is it will allow me to help others and help me be able to multi task dealing with different jobs in healthcare. The last reason is these certifications will go perfect in helping my Associate Degree in Medical Office Admin stand out more and make me a better asset to doctor offices and or hospitals.
Since the hospital was huge, some patients came from other countries, and they could not speak English. So, I needed an interpreter to translate English to their language. First time, I went with Jake, and we had a hard time to give direction to patient’s mother how to use the medication. Second time, I watched a pharmacist gave counseling to the patient’s grandfather. The pharmacist made the grandfather could find the right medication and drew the right dose for the patient. She said I needed to make sure that they understood everything correctly, and I needed to spend more time with them for
Although we had the past fortnight to ourselves, a lack of bonding and enough shared experience left the team isolated, acting as ten splintered parts of a whole. Unfortunately, my rudimentary Creole was no match for the questions and concerns rolling off the tongues of a dozen Haitian mouths, and my desire to micromanage began to subside as I called for help. While my faith was shaky, my teammates sparked a mutual trust as they came to my rescue, calming patients down and facilitating the process of triaging. The tense barriers between myself and the patients descended while I comforted them, as did those involving my teammates, working as a united group for the first
It is a warm summer evening at Grady Hospital. It is my first day as an emergency room volunteer. I’m nervous and eager, hoping to see something exciting. However, it is surreally quiet. Suddenly, there is word of an ambulance en route. Minutes later the paramedics burst into the trauma slot pushing a man on a stretcher. His head and face are covered with gauze that is soaked through with dark blood. It is a flurry of well-orchestrated movement as the attendings and residents start to resuscitate him. They pull back the bandages to reveal a deep gash that is bleeding profusely. With much effort his vital signs are stabilized and he begins to regain consciousness. Later, after the excitement had passed, I learned what brought him here. He is diabetic and couldn’t afford to properly manage his condition. He had fainted due to hypoglycemia and hit his head. He had almost lost his life because of the unfortunate financial realities of modern healthcare. In that moment, I came to appreciate the very real cost of disease and the incredible role physicians have in ameliorating it. This formative experience was the beginning of my path to medicine.
Volunteering at Kaiser Permanente played a significant role in my decision to pursue a career in healthcare as a physician. When I was observing a physician repair a head laceration, there was a disjunct communication between the patient and physician. Because I am fluent in Vietnamese, I understood the patient’s fears as she muttered words in her native language that expressed her confusion and fear while the physician attempted to console her in English. When I explained the doctor’s processes in her native language, Vietnamese, she was elated someone could reassure her worries, especially when family members do not understand enough English to comprehend the situation. Through various observations of nurses, physicians, and Emergency Department
With the translation of a family member this PC SW was able to actively listen to the client and assist him as he finally exposed his depression about the dying process, which until now he had admittedly denied