The Glass Castle: A Case Study The book, The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls gives an intimate look at her family. The Walls family does not fit society’s expectations of normal, functional or healthy behavior. Nurses are particularly interested in assisting families in similar situations. This paper evaluates the Walls family as they interact with each other and their community. Nursing activities which may be of value to the Walls family are proposed and explored.
As a recent graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and a new Research Technician at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, becoming more familiar with different healthcare settings and helping others in doing so have always been of my interest. From my experience of volunteering as a piano teacher for
I have met more individuals from around the world in a small, twelve-room ED than I ever imagined. By watching a variety of providers interact with individuals from different backgrounds than their own, I realized the important role of variable interactions between patients from diverse cultural groups and the dangers
We brought this project to the attention of our peers by creating flyers, posters, and a morning announcement (see appendix D). We requested that the student body would bring in items relevant to the hot chocolate kits. Once the items were collected we had our FBLA chapter assemble each of the individual items into a kit for each nurse to enjoy (see appendix A). Two days before Christmas, our group members delivered the kits to Banner Health Medical Center of which the entirety of nurses and staff were incredibly grateful (see appendix B). Facilitating the collection drive and assembling the hot chocolate kits signifies gratitude toward those who serve continuously and contribute to the the development of a more unified Eaton High School student body. Demonstrating appreciation toward nurses and medical staff via Christmas gift bags proves to these individuals that their work is important, and people value the constant care they provide. Those attending Eaton High school came together to support a common cause and made a close-knit community even closer. Overall, this project denoted the importance of thanking those that sacrifice for a greater good. “Christmas Treats for Those Who Treat” raised awareness for the dedication of nurses and the time with family they relinquish in order to serve
For the charity assignment, my group and I decided that we wanted our charity to be focused on children because we individually had a love for children in need. We chose to represent Bryan’s House, which is a nonprofit organization located in North Texas. The mission statement for Bryan’s House states, “To serve children with medical or developmental needs and their families by providing specialized care.” Bryan’s House was initially developed after Lydia Allen discovered that she had received a tainted HIV blood transfusion during delivery, which ultimately claimed her life as well as the lives of her two sons Mathew, and Bryan. The organization was primarily focused on caring for children and families that have been affected with HIV, but now it is expanding their services for children and families infected with any disease. They provide medical services as well as emotional support. Bryan’s House has become very active in the DFW area because of its affiliation with ChildCareGroup and Wisdoms Hope.
These groups focus on working through the emotional and sometimes physical dilemmas they may be encountering in reentering modern society after a long hospitalization. They are allowed to return back to the home after 2:30pm, and then they are monitored by counselors, which through modeling and observation teach or tweak basic routine living skills such as clean, cook, upkeep finances, learn transit systems, etc. The counselors also monitor each consumer’s progress and meets with them on a weekly basis to discuss treatment goals. Once a consumer has shown progress and feel they are ready for more responsibility and independence, they can then find employment in place of partial care or move into individual apartments (also provided by Mt. Carmel Guild).
Communication in Hospitals Oftentimes, as patients it is easier to analyze the healthcare setting from a critical perspective rather than a hopeful perspective. Oftentimes, as patients our encounters in healthcare settings are high stress to begin with (e.g. diagnosis, disease, caretaking). To my surprise, Nicole informed of several communication projects that she underwent and continues to participate in at Stanford Children’s Hospital. Nicole informed me that she did undergo a mandatory general seminar on the basics of professionalism and therapeutic relationships with families upon being hired. Since then, Nicole has been required to take more formal classes that have developed as an aim of standardizing certain interactions with families. Some examples include: standard way to answer the phone, walking with someone who is lost to their destination rather than just giving directions. Nicole stated “it has really become more customer service focused.”
The family system Families always affect one another, even when they feel distanced. The family unit can promote health or it can be a source of stress. It is the nurse's task to use family relationships to act as health facilitators for the patient, and, if necessary, treat the family as part of the patient's social environment. The family creates the patient's environment just as much as a clean room or an accessible place to exercise or access to appropriate medication.
Physicians at NCH provide the best care possible. The guideline for the management of alcohol withdrawal syndrome evaluation and treatment is a document that clinicians rely on. As it is, it provides the exact recommendation to follow in the implementation of orders to care for patients with AWS. Once the physician dictates the orders, a power plan is generated in the EMR. When the system triggers such alert, it is the duty of the nurse to acknowledge the order, which then the pharmacist verifies and provides clearance for use. Although this type of patients require of lots of attention to avoid deterioration, physicians and nurses at NCH understand the circumstances and try to conform to the duty.
Participating in the Putting Families First course allowed my training in patient assessment, patient care, interdisciplinary teamwork, and problem solving to be put to practice. I believe my team had a very successful outcome with this course, and I learned many lessons I will continue to apply and develop throughout my professional training. In particular, our team successfully employed the teamwork skills of team leadership, close-looped communication, adaptability, shared mental model, and mutual trust. Upon our first time meeting as a team, we immediately established communication via a messaging app. In addition to this, we reviewed the syllabus and requirements for this course before the first home visit to ensure we understood the expectations
For the past three years, I have been volunteering in the Day Surgery and Emergency Departments at the Greater Niagara General Hospital. In this role, it is my responsibility to improve patient care and be the first person to approach a patient, even before the nurses. I also help to comfort the families of patients during emergencies, and keep them as calm as possible. I have come to enjoy this role immensely; instead of being home, I volunteer on Christmas Day, as I know that I can be a rather lonely time for most patients. Being able to help people, whether it is fetching them water or being a shoulder to cry on- is incredibly rewarding.
Diabetes is a disease state that has heavily impacted my life. It has taken a grandparent from me and currently affects my uncle, aunt, and father. Since joining SNPhA, I have learned more about preventative actions that can be taken to reduce the risk of diabetes as well as maintaining
Today I worked on my assignment for Changing Lives Together (CLT) which consisted of me putting together an email for the CLT’s College Expo. I reached out to an admission counselor at ODU. The point of contact will help me construct an email that will capture the attention of those
5.0 Conclusion This chapter summarizes the discussion of each chapter in the report by highlighting the main points. It provides the summary of training experience in Chapter One and Two, the analysis on specific task in Chapter Three and evaluation of strength and weaknesses throughout of NRD in Chapter Four.
When I was in seventh grade, I decided that I really wanted to find a way to help children who are sick. I learned that not all families can provide enough support to even live in a private home. Some families must stay in Ronald McDonald House for long periods of time when their child is in the hospital. I felt that, as a kid who was healthy, I wanted to help other kids’ in unfavorable conditions