Importance Of Medical Knowledge And Interpersonal Skills In Nursing

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One Saturday morning, I learned that my aunt went into labor, she was 6 months pregnant. That same day, she gave birth to a very fragile baby, but my aunt’s condition got worse and we spent the next hours visiting blood banks trying to get O- blood for her. I was 16 at that time and felt so frustrated I could not do more than making phone calls to blood banks; she died that same day. My aunt lived in a rural area in Mexico, and while she received prenatal care, she developed eclampsia while visiting her family. My mother took care of the hospital needs of my cousin, but the baby died a week after being born. Weeks later my mother was diagnosed with a severe case of anxiety and depression, to which she still has not recovered. While through …show more content…
I learned what was expected of me as a student and future doctor, I got a firm grasp on how to work as part of a team in order to be organized and to solve problems effectively using different perspectives. It became apparent to me how medical knowledge and interpersonal skills are equally needed to give the patients the best possible service. I practiced these tools in classrooms, labs, as well as in a free clinic my classmates and I volunteered in an underserved area in Tijuana. I learned how to manage time and stress for situations that occurred outside of school such as my mother’s psychiatric disorder. Unfortunately, I have a failing grade from UABC because I was not present for the final exam for that course due to the fact that I had a placement test at the college I enrolled in in the US at the same time. Though I had left UABC a few days before the test for my move to the US, I was not officially dropped by the school until the end of the …show more content…
From these experiences, I have acquired skills and competencies that I will use in my medical career as well as in my daily life such as ethical responsibility, adaptability, resilience, and social awareness. At the free clinic, I met many patients who have the drive and interest of becoming healthier and controlling their conditions but do not have the knowledge or tools to do so. Here, I met “Ray”, a patient who received medical attention but did not seem to improve, until one day someone realized that
“Ray” did not know how to read, so instead of reading the instructions for his medication, he would just randomly take pills. Now he gets his medication with stickers with drawings on the bottles for him to know which and how many pills to take during the morning or evening and his health has improved

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