“Healthcare Administration, what a choice for the second half of your life, VeRhonda,” I say to myself as I enter Unit 3 of my online course. Interestingly our assignment asks us to locate an article from a professional website that is credible, to use as a blog idea in Unit 4. I chose an article entitled, ‘The Silent Struggle: Depression During Residency’ (Miller. 2015), which may be found at http://medscape.com/viewarticle/851028. The article gives insight to what I am sure many of us are unaware of. Many of our medical residents are being plagued by depression and/or suicidal ideology. As a student wishing to soon one day become an administrator or manager within the healthcare industry, my mouth dropped at the statistics and immediately my mind began to search for a solution to this devastating situation. While discussing the topic with friends, many speculated on the causes of this depression and wondered if some of them may have already been prone to depression hereditarily. Most of my friends decided long work hours and watching people “not make it” had to top the list for reasons why young residents become depressed while in their residencies, but the article goes much further than that by stating that “poor perception of personal accomplishment and low job satisfaction” were very common as well. Another reason listed was poor work/home interfacing. This is something that we all know exists, most common among this occupational career path. We seemingly never
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Also, I would participate in the planning of a recruitment strategy to encourage new graduates to pursue a career and remain working in a mental health field. Instead of working on why undergraduate nursing students does not choose mental health, the focus should be on how to promote mental health nursing as a desirable option. This relates to the nursing competencies in domain two and four: professional development and interprofessional healthcare and quality
When getting involved in health care, it is important to educate oneself about the industry, the role on has in health care, as well as personal traits in health that such as trust, ethics, and honesty to just name a few. When reading Professionalism in Health Care by Sherry Makely, the chapters help better educate an individual on the above stances. Many students get asked what they want to do with their major as well as when they plan to graduate. But we never really understand what makes health care different than others. In health care, there is always room for career advancement. With career advancement, the individual can gain transferable skills and multi-skilled opportunities and functions. This makes the health care industry different than others because industries such as educational
“He who has health has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.”- Benjamin Franklin. The decision to pursue a lifetime of service within the Healthcare industry was quite easy for me. After witnessing the importance of having exceptional health care first hand, I want to do everything I can to assist others by ensuring that healthcare policies and procedures are followed properly. Without proper health care, a person can feel lost and hopeless. I believe that an Administrative Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital will enable me with the necessary tools to plan, direct, communicate, and govern effectively in a health care facility.
Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to experience some of the best and most difficult times of being a medical assistant. I have had hands on experience with patients of all different ages, races, religions, and personalities. These last few weeks have not only taught me patience, acceptance and boundaries of others, but I was able to learn more about myself as well. My externship experience has opened my eyes to the realities of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, physically and mentally, as well as the importance of family and friends. DePaul Medical Center and In Faith Psychological Services were the best locations I could have chosen for my first look into the life of a medical assistant.
From the moment they began their journey at Harvard Medical School, their entire life became medicine and medical related topics. Constantly studying for school, exams, board tests, and for their future, stress was no stranger. “Stress refers to physical and psychological responses to overwhelming stimuli… Burnout is actually a combination of factors” (page 115, DePru). Stress leads to burnout, and many medical professionals face both roadblocks in their careers. In Doctors’ Diaries the students stress did not subside when the graduated, it only increased. Once they were placed in their intern positions, adjusting to their new jobs brought on more stress than some could handle. The doctors had to learn to be modify their lives and their expectations in order to stay on top. In example, Jane learns to be a positive influence for her patient’s in her inner-city hospital for she fears that she might be the only flicker of light they see for awhile. Jay Bonner and Tom Tater display the greatest burnout and stress. Tom cannot seem to find his place within the hospital and even doubts his own abilities. Tom is a hard worker and he is more driven than his peers. When Tom is fired from his ER job, he realizes how burnt out he is with the system, not the
During a shift at the hospital the student attended a manager’s ward review. The student listened as approved mental health professionals (AMHP) discussed the wellbeing of patients who were being cared for in the hospital. AMHP’s are mental health professionals who have specialist training in
Imagine working over 110 hours a week and desperately trying to keep your eyes open on your drive home. The article, “Medical Residents Need to Get Tougher” written by Melissa Johnson recognizes that residents are working inhumane hours in attempt to prove their self-worth. Johnson argues that there has been a long lasting tradition of working the residents under pressure to “weed out the weak ones” (Johnson, 2012, para. 2). In remarks to that, the cost of paying residents for long hours is cheaper than for more qualified doctors (para. 3). Johnson also conveys that, “Residents today are just lazy and spoiled” (2012, para.4). It appears that many generations have overcome this grueling tradition, however Johnson fails to consider the value (purpose, sense, impact) of a resident in response to change in tradition, patient safety, and student work ethic.
I quickly recognized I wanted to practice medicine as part of a team and under supervision. However, I still desired sufficient independence with extensive and in-depth training. With this in mind, I began forming opinions about the various careers in healthcare until I came across the PA profession. By shadowing Araya, a PA, at a clinic, I observed how she provided sensitive and comprehensive care to the patients. She took time to explain to the patients their diagnoses in a warm, personable,and comforting attitude, which were all personality traits that I possess. I was extremely pleased of the lengths the PA went to in order to make the patient feel included and taken care of. Prior to this experience, I knew I wanted to construct strong relationships with my future patients and understand and treat patients as a whole. Not only was this palpable within the care Araya provided to her patients, but I now have the opportunity to build relationships with patients as a healthcare volunteer at Jamati Clinic by listening attentively to their main concerns as well as their outlook on their
So if you think about it that is 50 percent of the residents that suffer with some type of depression, whether it be from another diagnosis such as dementia or a cerebral vascular accident also known as a CVA. In this same article it states that” almost 50 percent of these residents are treated with an antidepressant medication”. If one would research these side effects most find that it can cause increased depression as well as other unwanted results such as falls and cardiac issues. When I worked with these residents there would be a physiologist that came to the facility once every week to check on the progress with these patients. I would listen on these conversations so I could understand my residents and give them the best care. As I began to listen, I learned that not all depression was the same and that some just wanted to go to bingo and because of being sick and immobile couldn’t go and caused there depression to worsen and in other cases their roommate (usually there are two residents in one room) would pass and the loss of a friend and the fear of death themselves would cause their increased
During my shadowing experiences at UAB Hospital, one particular event was prominent in my decision to pursue a career in nursing. While in the emergency department, a suicidal patient, a quadriplegic who lost her limbs due to a spinal cord injury, was brought in for her second visit. This experience caused me to tap into my ability to stay calm and reassuring during an emergent situation, and it reminded me of my father, who lost two of his limbs in a train accident. My father’s accident in itself taught me strength and courage because he, like the patient, occasionally feels forlorn, which leads to suicidal thoughts. Watching the nurses care for my father made me realize that a nurse must be perceptive and knowledgeable about their patient’s
This study concluded that depression during the first year of residence in a nursing home has risen from 42% in 1999 to 54% in 2005 and found those who were admitted from another facility were more likely to be diagnosed with depression (Hoover et al., 2010).
The reading that was most interesting to this writer was the Point of Care article written by M.C. LaFerney (2017). He discusses an issue which is very relevant for nursing and nurse leadership. The article elaborates on a nurse reporting to a psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist (PMHCNS-BC) that one of her patients is depressed and he should be evaluated. There was no supporting evidence provided by the nurse for the referral. In this writer’s opinion the article respectfully develops and distinguishes an ongoing practice by many nurses; hastily diagnosing mental health issues with either lacking, or no evidence. The caveat is that readers understand the difference between nursing diagnosis and medical diagnosis within
Welcome to my Health Care Administration Capstone Portfolio. I am currently completing my Bachelors of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration at Polk State College. This portfolio includes the names of the courses I have taken, a brief description of each course, and the eleven outcomes that were necessary for me to learn and master. In addition, I have enclosed eleven essays that explain how I met the objectives of this degree, as well as I have provided many links to artifacts that show proof of the work that I have done to achieve my mastery.
“He who has health has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.”- Benjamin Franklin. The decision to pursue a lifetime of service within the Healthcare industry was quite easy for me. After witnessing the importance of having good healthcare in my own family, I want to do everything I can to assist others by ensuring that healthcare policies and procedures are followed properly. Without proper health care, a person can feel lost and hopeless. I believe that an Administrative Fellowship at John Hopkins Medicine will enable me with the necessary tools to plan, direct, communicate, and govern effectively in a health care facility.
Hospitals are a great way for a medical student to serve the community as well as gain valuable experience in their future field. For this reason, I have spent around forty hours from the end of the summer up until now volunteering at HonorHealth hospital. I volunteered as a transporter, what this means is that I move equipment, medical documents and lab samples around the hospital. I also help discharge patients by pushing them in a wheelchair to their car. Through this experience I was able to make life easier on people who were vulnerable and trying to recover as well as the busy staff member who treated them. I had many interactions with people and by from this I have a better understanding of impact my service had. I will be discussing: How psychology can explain social interaction, how outside factors can influence a person 's sense of self, how behaviors and situations can help you understand a person, the importance of communication as well as focus, and the environment shapes the organization.