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Geriatrics Reflective Paper

Geriatrics Reflective Paper

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DOMINICA STATE COLLEGEFaculty of Health Sciences
 
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE GENERAL NURSING
GERIATRIC NURSING NUR134
REFLECTIVE PAPER
Presented to
MS. BERNADETTE AUSTRIE by REBEKAH R. ROBERTS
10BROR0049828.3.2012
 
LIFE IS BUT A JOURNEY
Life is but a Journey. At the beginning of my journey I am blessedTo see and assist those at the end of theirs.It is a great privilege,I honour the responsibility and accept the challenge,Knowing that one day, I too will be at the end of mine. And then I will hope that someone at the beginningWill treat me as I will strive to do now;Knowing that life is but a journey.
REBEKAH ROBERTS 2012 
 
OLDER ADULTS AND WELLNESS :AgeismAnd Other Myths And Stereotypes
In my time in the clinical setting as a student I have been privileged to see many thingsthat please and displease me. I include displease me, in that I have deeply appreciatedthe experiences, some bad that have allowed me to form attitudes and have allowed meendeavour to hold a higher level of care for the older adult. Every negative habit I seebeing perpetrated by my nursing and healthcare-
giving colleagues’ tugs at my heart
,and every tug solidifies the thought that I never want to treat another human being theseways. I say this not only thinking of the individual being mistreated, that they could bemy parents or grandparents, but that one day they could be me. Ageism, a concept introduced by R.N. Butler, is the process of systemic stereotypingand discrimination against people because of their age, usually directed against theelderly. Ageism occurs either because persons are uneducated and ignorant on the process of aging and so develops negative stereotypes and myths or that overall they do notcontain, within their being the capacity to care for individuals placed in their care. Theformer can be remedied with education but fortunately or unfortunately for the latter,nursing is in part an art and caring cannot be taught.In my clinical experience on a particular ward I saw a ward aide threatening to harm apatient if the patient did not do as she had requested. I felt shocked and saddened by

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