How Society Views Mental Health Changed over Time

3368 Words Oct 30th, 2012 14 Pages
School of Health and Social Care
Psychology of Health and Illness unit

Observational record template

What happened
Initial thoughts
Whilst at work I saw the nurse take bloods from a patient which was a monthly routine for the patient it has always gone ok and the patient has been fine with having her bloods taken before. The nurse told the patient it wouldn’t hurt at all. Something happened whereby the nurse couldn’t get the blood and had to re-attempt the procedure. The patient also experienced some pain during this procedure which she wasn’t expecting, the patient found this a quite traumatic experience The patient was elderly and appeared confused. The patient became anxious and next time a blood test was due became increasingly
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