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Corrections to Inquiry Paper

Corrections to Inquiry Paper

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Tenesia Sealey 
2312 wrightsville ave wilmington, NC 28403Tel: 9105472871tsealey2@uncc.edu
Charlotte, North Carolina 28223 Tuesday April 12, 2011
This Inquiry Project has taken up a lot of time over this semester. Iwrote about my cautions in other papers regarding what we weresupposed to actually do, but once I figured it out it was easier to get the project done. I think i learned a lot from this project because I wasinterested in the topic and I was able to go through different steps toget to the final piece other then just writing a rough and final draft. Ichoose to present my paper in the form of a letter because I felt like it was a better way to show what I have learned. I wrote to my future self because I am going into the nursing career and will need thisinformation in the future. I also think putting it as a letter takes away from the boredom of reading a research paper.
Dear Future Self,Congratulations on graduating. I am so proud of what you havebecome. I know we have been through school together for many yearsand you probably think you know everything there is to know aboutyou field of work. Truth is you probably do, well at least you should, youwent to school long enough! However, there are a few things I wouldlike to tell you that may help you considering you are on the search fora job. I think my suggestions will do you well once you get a job andbegin working with patients.College supplied you with the knowledge in the subject of nursing. Youlearned mathematics, sciences, and english. You were also forced tolearn many things that you probably do not remember, and do notnecessarily care to be reminded of. Don’t worry, I am writing to answerthe question you have yet to ask yourself: “How do I communicate withmy patients?”.I read in a book once that “to become a successful nurse requiresunderstanding the wide variety of human responses to stressfulcircumstances in the healthcare setting.”(Sheldon) You can take this
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how you want to, but I think this quote means that you have to beready for anything that comes your way. I know you are prepared tocare for dying patients, but are you prepared to talk to them? Can yourelax them enough to keep them calm but at the same time assureyourself that you are not giving them false hope? These are veryimportant questions to consider asking yourself before you get in thesituation and cannot handle it.In the same book from the quote above,
Communication withNurses,
Lisa Sheldon discusses the nursing theorists’ HildegardPeplau’s Theory of Interpersonal Relations. “Within this theory aredifferent phases that occur when a nurse and patient come togetherduring the healthcare process.”(Sheldon, 13) Peplau says that nursesfunction with six roles. Here are the roles:“1. Stranger role: The nurse and the patient are introduced to eachother as strangers.2.Resource role: The nurse relays clinical information to the patient. The nurse will answer simple questions in this phase.3.Teaching role: The nurse is like a teacher to the patient. The nursegives the patient instructions and training.4.Counseling role: The nurse gives encouragement and guidance sothat the patient can integrate his or her current life experience.5.Surrogate role: The nurse is there for the patient. He/She helps thepatient realize their domains of independence, dependence, andinterdependence.6.Active leadership role: The nurse assists the patient in achievingresponsibility for treatment goals in a mutually satisfyingway.”(Sheldon, 14) These phases will be very important in the process of learning aboutyour patients. You may ask why. In order to know what to say to yourpatients, you have to realize the phase in which you and your patientare in. In the different phases you treat your patients differently.
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My opinion is that the “stranger role” is the most important. You haveto consider cultural differences when you first meet your patients. Noteveryone that you come in to contact with will be like you and believethe same things that you do. You have to “Use cultural awareness incommunication” (Sheldon. 46). In
Communication for Nurses
LisaSheldon explains that you have to “consider the individual first and thecultural and ethnic backgrounds second.” You are pretty much an allaround person and have grown up around many different cultures, butyou have to remember there will be many more beliefs and culturesintroduced to you in the medical field and you must know how tohandle this. “You should asses the language needs of the patient, andask for a interpreter if necessary.”(Sheldon, 46) “You should neverspeak in front of a patient in a language they cannot understand. Thiscould confuse and scare the patient. You might also want to learn somecommon phrases in a resident’s native language.”(Hartman, 60) Eventhough you took Spanish in middle school and four years of French inhigh school, I can almost bet that you do not remember half of whatwas taught to you. It is ok though, it is not your requirement to beliterate in every patients language or every patients culture for thatmatter, but you should take the time to learn a few common words,more so in Spanish, so that you will not be completely clueless whenhandling a patient that does not speak English.A few years back I held an interview with Ms. Susan. (moms oldfriend from work) I asked her a few questions about communicationbetween patients and nurses and she pretty much told me the samethings that I have mentioned. There was one subject that she touchedon though that I did not think to include. You have never had a badtemper Tenesia, but I do know that at certain times during the day itdoes not take much to aggravate you. Ms. Susan informed me that youcan not let your emotions (of any kind) get involved when caring for apatient. “You may deal with a patient with Alzheimer's and they will notrealize that you have done nothing wrong and they might just curseyou out. You can not get offended by this and you must control youranger and handle the patient accordingly. If a patient tries to hit you,you should not hit back, ever. But you should avoid getting hit.”(Sacks)Second to your relationship with your patients should be yourrelationship with the patients family. You will have to prove to thefamilies that you are trustworthy so that they will be comfortable

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