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Paul University Philippines
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MSN- Philosophy of Education St. Paul University Philippines- Quezon City Atienza, Mille- Audrey Maria S. Student No.: 2013-01-07525 I. A. ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS BASED FROM YOUR EXPERIENCES AS A HEALTH PROVIDER? 1. What experiences as health provider will better enable you to meet the challenges of the real world? I have been a Registered Nurse for only three years, and I could be classified as an advanced beginner. I have been working as a private nurse since my registry to my profession, and so the experiences I have encountered may not be as profound as the veteran nurses. However, those superficial yet meaningful circumstances in my professional career have taught me very much in life. For one, the most basic of all is being able to associate and deal with people in various social strata which includes accepting and respecting their values and ideas. It can sometimes be very detrimental for a nurse when some learned behaviors by the patients would be contradicting to his/her own and the end result is the nurse being less effective in delivering the precise healthcare to his/her patients. With this, I have learned to set aside my own values, as long as it does not break the code of ethics in order to be more effectual to my patients. Never argue. That is my own simple mental rule when I deal with my patients. Like what they say, “Customers are always right.” You can always state your mind in a manner of setting a compromise between you and your patient that in the end would make a harmonious nurse-patient relationship. Secondly, my professional experience has taught me to see my patients individually, one being different from the other. It is hypocritical to say I do not wish my patients to be very cooperative with my nursing interventions, but that is where the adept communication tactics take place. How you make a very disagreeable patient agree is an accomplishment, and it took me a while before learning how to deck my cards right. Third, and most importantly it taught me two most important virtues: patience and humility. In all fairness, patience is a virtue I have been trying my utmost to learn for a decade and a half and only through my profession that I began to play with it so well. When the situation becomes very demanding, I just close my eyes and brace myself though my internal thought and devious self sometimes would

There are times when you just think of bolting through the doors and escape your patients’ insults. As a whole. I have experienced it and it took me a big deal of humility to maintain my composure and proceed with my job. diagnosis. planning. 2. It has to be very systematic and precise because it determines the result of your nursing plan.just like to physically and forcefully restrain and tranquilize my patient. you have to revise your nursing care plan and go back to the first step. I still view my patients as my family member and someone who needs special care and attention despite the adversities. You have to be very knowledgeable and skillful in outlining your patient’s signs and symptoms as well as his/her clinical manifestations. you must have an in depth history taking and a very good clinical eye and judgment. Yes. Nursing diagnosis may either be an actual or a potential problem. I may not be able to account all of the lessons I have learned through my experiences but those aforementioned were the three most vital. With one patient. you formulate the diagnosis. 3. What process should a researcher use to determine the value of health practices to program participants? . our voluminous books come in handy. requiring specific interventions for each. You could not just jump from one problem to the other. those experiences molded me to become a stronger person. In nursing. I know it’s cliché to use the “I’m only human” phrase. for some reason. It taught me to accept my own weaknesses and acknowledge every constructive criticism. Prior to nursing diagnosis. What is the validity of Nursing Diagnosis in terms of Data Analysis and Problem Identification? This is a very interesting question. implementation and evaluation. That is why. you could already have several nursing problems. we have a so-called nursing process namely: assessment. depending of course with what has the highest priority. I know there are still more challenging events that are yet to come. So if the patient responded very well in your nursing care. For this reason. but I believe those lessons have equipped me to somehow prepare myself to what the world has yet to show me. The validity of the nursing diagnosis being made by the nurse is relatively dependent upon the outcome of your patient care. when your interventions do not work. profanities and demoralizing words. I believe. However in some circumstances. the probability of having a valid and definite nursing diagnosis is high. Upon taking these nursing cues. but it is very applicable. it is the love of my profession that enabled me to overcome these very demanding situations.

the basic rule before becoming an ethics advocate is to determine whether you have an optimistic recipient or not. Sometimes. those patients see their plight as an opportunity to . Whether it came from one’s own personal reference or from an external source. but his/her ability to interact with people is poorly executed. All it takes is the right choice of words and a good manner of delivery. beliefs and ideas without colliding with him/ her. I believe no matter how effective the communication skills a person may possess if the receivers of the information are close-minded.Qualitative data collection may be more effective in determining the value of health practices to participants because it deals with experiences. I have a hypothesis. 4. If the dice turn out to be good. It is attributed on how one sees the other or his/her own self. Beauty is not all glam and fashion. You can integrate your own values. In line with this. However. However. I have encountered health professionals exchanging blatant discussions that are sometimes overheard in the whole hospital wing. then that person is stigmatized to be a very subjective definition of ugly. With that. How can you be an aid in developing ethics among your fellow health providers and your patients? This is another fascinating question and a complex issue. voluptuous human being. It is very crucial for some patients to accept the physical deformity that often result from their medical condition. You have to know where you stand and what you believe when a situation arise. It is their own abstruse definition of beauty that made them withstand those particular predicaments. Beauty for me is a sense of intrinsic gratification. I have my own definition of beauty. especially with healthcare providers. Is there beauty in sickness? Merriam-Webster defined beauty as “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. and hopefully you can impart to your colleagues your values and ideals and it will make them see your point. It is sometimes very intricate to make someone see your own point of view that will not result in a vehement argument. It is the inert ability to impact other people’s lives in a manner that they are remembered extraordinarily. everything is prone to disagreement. then the channel of communication is very open. Nevertheless. 5. How they are able to surpass this still remains a mystery. I suppose you have to deal with own personal issues prior to developing ethics in your co-workers. While one may view his/herself as an exceptional. meaning and more subjective approach. For one. The same applies to the beauty in sickness. It may be in a form of physical aspect or a social grace in dealing with people. the validity of the results may not likely be plausible because the conclusion only relies with what you observed and assimilated and there is no supporting quantitative and tangible evidence. observation and interviews may be advantageous.” What a grandiose definition it is.

but it is usually inevitable. True enough that having participated in your patient’s overall progress gives a sense of satisfaction but it also pays a lot.reconcile and make the most of their time. it is also a no. This is a bitter life reality. especially when you’re dealing with patients as a healthcare provider. none could prepare us for the worst especially the aftermath of a loved one’s death. Yes. It seemed like the days are never ending. it did pacify my patient. Those things really do not support medical evidence as to alleviate pain and that does not happen to appear in any nursing books. of sickness and health. However. Very frustrating. it surprisingly worked. but often you could see the patients gasping every crucial breath and watch them as life is slowly fading away and families outside the unit are in arms crying shoulder to shoulder. and apply them over their abdomen just to relieve stomach cramps. or at the end of my entire care. Nevertheless. In an Intensive Care Unit. At the end of my shift. Yes. For a workaholic like me. it is a substantial “Maalaala Mo Kaya” event. B Answer the following questions and justify: 1. For some. seeing them up and about gives me an accomplishment especially when they regard me to have a great deal in the improvement of their health condition. Sometimes it could be a bridge between communication gaps and towards reconciliation. Often. At least for a while. my fulfillment in my profession gave me fibromyalgia (chronic. like the time becomes fairly unnoticeable. It is a situation none of us would want to experience. It often makes the disruption of your normal body clock worthy. they believe sickness is atonement for their transgressions and the hospital bed is their purgatory. I admire those people who seem to cherish the last few moments of lives instead of sulking at it. Life is a cycle of having and losing. Well that was just one of the few things I sometimes orchestrate to resolve my patients’ unnerving whims. I have been used to working for 12hours everyday. it brings people together. The beauty of sickness depends on how one perceives this upsetting truth. Sometimes I do not have a rest day. despite the hardships and turmoil they may be undergoing still smile and find the beauty of their condition. in a way that sometimes seeing the altruism in you brings absolute and inexplicable joy. no matter how much the anticipatory loss is. On the other hand. II. Being in a medical facility would really make you expose to various life dramas like last minute forgiveness and untold feelings. People whom. For me. they come simultaneously and I do not know which to attend first. it is a feat whenever a patient is transferred to a regular room and is progressing to recovery. There were times that I just do about anything in order to keep my patients from further complaining. the strongest people are the most beautiful and I admire them so much for the courage they exhibit amidst life’s bitter blows. Is doing good to others the best medicine to maintain your health? In all fairness my answer would contain both yes and no. and those methods are oftentimes outdated like rubbing my palms together to create heat. Very heartbreaking. . Personally. I deal with my patients’ problems one after the other. I. Often. for one have a vivid example for that.

There are times when we smile in front of our patients despite the fact that our backs are almost breaking from lifting up to 200lb patients.” “The end justifies the means. the question goes: is it truly necessary to do resuscitative efforts and do a traumatic endotracheal intubation and chest compressions just to prolong his/her life in a matter of an hour or two just to say that at least you have done something as if his injuries are not evidence enough that he/she has suffered a lot. People outside medical profession overlook the gravity of workload we have. However. So kudos! To my fellow hardworking nurses around the globe and of course to me! 2. Nurses have Code of Ethics.systemic muscle pain even at the slightest pressure). Now. I believe that not all that is necessary are always applicable to be right. but I know in time if I overexert we may be switching places. B. not to mention the foot-long list of hospital bills. Why do nurses need a CODE OF ETHICS? Do you think it is necessary? If Moses had Ten Commandments. people generally aim for the good of the other. having a post vehicular accident patient with brain death and multiple organ failure. It is even harder to nurse oneself than to nurse people back to health. depending on the presentation of events. Our only consolation is seeing patients exit the hospital with a clean bill of health but it does not give a concrete therapy to our internal ailments. whether to hook a person with multiple morbidity to a mechanical ventilator which in reality only prolongs the agony on the part of the patient and family. That is a considerable argument between what is right and just. That person’s survival is next to impossible. I love seeing my patients well. III.” “Be the best you can be. I trust that the code of ethics oftentimes a subject of debate. Situations in the medical unit can be very compelling. Which among the following commonly heard sayings are you interested in? How does it affect your life as a person and as a health provider? IV.” “Honesty is the best policy. it is always good to abide by the accepted norms in dealing with lives because I know. like having to decide who to save-the mother or the baby. skipped meals and stress combined. Every situation is unique like every person is. I would also like to connote that it does not apply that being a nurse always make you less than a patient yourself.” Answers: . For instance. migraine and hyperacidity due to lack of sleep. A. How does it affect the life of your fellow health providers and your patients?(Choose at least 2) “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. the young or the elderly. All just depending on the matter of perspective of the person. It is the guiding principle in determining what is right and wrong.

You just have to learn how to play it right. Four years of labored . I encountered one time during my college years a clinical instructor who told me I am not smart. I treat my patients as family or someone in which I have a close affinity to. But that is life. being outstanding is an advantage because it is beneficial for the patients if you know too well the job you enlisted yourself in whether it is from ascertaining medical conditions to providing the optimal nursing care. I always believed that sometimes the achievement of a person depends on the combination of his abilities. Fair enough. He suffered major stroke and several heart attacks for the past 30 years of his life but because God never failed to showcase a miracle for us. It is inexorable. nor did I contradict her. I see them that way most of the time. My father had been a chronic hypertensive. No one is ever in the position to define me. It gets tiring and frustrating at the same time. Be the best you can be. and continue to be the antipathetic antagonists. I know I am far from being perfect and I am not always the best. I think that every person should step out from his or her box and discover what is more from them than what meets the eye. Everyday is a battle. At the age of two. I believe in karma. What is your greatest achievement in life as a person? Is this achievement guided by your philosophy in life as a person? The greatest affectation of this question for me is in accordance with what transpired in my life four years ago. There is no room for errors. I am almost at my wit’s end. Four years of in and out hospitalization. Doing good begets good and vise versa. but I see to it at the end of the day I could sigh and console myself by saying. the one who is able to win against himself is the greatest victor. and only the best and strongest people stay on the game. even if people are telling you otherwise. I never aimed for perfection (aside from exam results) and best is an overstatement. “Be the best you can be.” I have been an achiever since I was small. V. but I strive to be better than I was yesterday. I already showcased a talent in drawing.” For one. Regrets happen when some things were not done when it could have been. Until one day it came to a point when his kidneys failed and the doctors said he would need dialysis so we consented. It affects my life in a way that I do my job proficiently especially in delivering care to my patients because I somehow expected the same form of treatment for me in the event that the situation is reversed. I have experienced a lot of difficulties in my walk of life. It is a lame excuse to say that you could never be something without even trying. Everyday is a chance of improvement and I wanted to surpass myself everytime. Life is a constant struggle. People just do not seem to get tired of testing me. I know my capabilities and myself. Everyday is a constant cliché.“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. For this reason. I figure that since I am dealing with people it is only fair that they have the best quality care because everyone is entitled with it. People come even if you do not want them in your life. “at least I tried. They say. I was always in the top three of the class.” Being a medical professional has a tremendous risk. I did not argue. I always try my best to do everything I can for my patients at the best of my ability. he kept on surviving. wit and sheer luck. I was a consistent honor student. At three. Four years on dialysis. I could read and write even a small dedication letter for my parents. Therefore. that I am an average person.

I would have not reached this point in my life if it were not for my philosophies.breathing. as I would have them do unto me and being the best that I can be. I am also a certified Cardio-Pulmonary Nurse and Critical Care Nurse. but I keep on surviving and that is good enough for me. but it also taught me to be empathetic with my patients and their family. I trust that my achievement is guided by my philosophy in life like doing to others. Up to this point. I had not been a good nurse if it were not for my father. I watched him fighting every breath a minute after the other. Of all the things I did not do but could have done. It did not only teach me bedside techniques. I know my old man is very proud of me wherever he is and I owe it all to him and to my mom who is my forever clinical instructor and supervisor. At present. Lastly. . I never felt this fulfilled. My filial obligation for my father that time is my greatest achievement. When he drew his final breath I promised myself I would do everything I can to give almost the same care I had given my father because I knew what it felt to be helpless in seeing a love one struggle because of a medical condition. I am also a Certified Renal Nurse with rank one in the accreditation exam. I was always on his bedside. I believe God will not reward me with the graces I am experiencing now. If I did not endeavored to be more than ordinary and be the best I can be I would not earn these merits. of sleepless nights and long list of medical expenses. I may have regretted several things and wished for playbacks. Some unwanted people just make it difficult. I do not regret anything. Life for me now is not utterly unpleasant. when I commemorate my father’s struggles I could not help but cry. even before I became a licensed nurse. this does not count. He was my first patient before I even graduated in the nursing school. but not this. and I would not have attained my greatest achievement for the same reason. aside from being a Registered Nurse. if I did not do good to other people. I took care of him and given him the best care only it was already time for him to go. However. Amidst the numerous awards and medals I received in all my scholastic years.

If I could rewind my life. If I could give anything to anyone. I may have cried too many tears. If I could have anything in the world. I may have been a wayward in a lot of things. Life at present is very tedious. I would choose peace of mind. Some people would tend to define me. I would give a piece of myself that is worth remembering. I would be sitting on a beach facing the sunset. but importantly I could reassemble myself back again. I am not even sure which episode I would like to be at and what I would do then. I would love like a child: wanting. but I do not know how much. I may have lived an imperfect life. but they are the people who know me best. I may have few friends. but somehow it is consoling that most of the people make it . I may have made mistakes but I am thankful because it means I am still alive and I still have a chance to remake them. If I could have one ability to possess. Some say things they think I am or I am not. If I could be anywhere now. Like watching the day come into conclusion and await the next day that is to come. needing. I may have been broken too many times.If I could love again. understanding too little but feeling too much. They would assume they know me. but after which I smile and know I deserve better. but I have the prospect of making things right one day at a time. I am tired having to ponder one thought after the other. I would choose for people to read my mind so they would stop trying to surmise who I am. at least it is consoling that people still stay in my life.

relatively interesting by giving me induced tribulations. It is now becoming very exhausting in trying to reason every unbidden circumstance.A.M. I have watched people come and go in my life. A bitter fact remains that people who stay in my life are half unwanted. ATIENZA . Oftentimes. it is unnoticed. and those who left are the ones I am missing. -M.