Personal Experience In Nursing

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The most educational and insightful experience I have gained while developing my repertoire of knowledge of the sciences as well as the healthcare field was when I job-shadowed the physiotherapists at the St. Joseph’s Hospital Charlton Campus in Hamilton, Ontario. I observed the physiotherapists at work for a total of 16 hours in a variety of departments which included respiratory, musculoskeletal and acute medicine. It was an excellent opportunity to appreciate the teamwork involved across disciplines to provide the best possible treatment for patients. I initially spent time with a physiotherapist who specialized in acute medicine, she demonstrated the complete and thorough process involved in working with patients that required physiotherapy …show more content…
Joseph’s Hospital King Campus in Hamilton in the Urgent Care and Hemodialysis departments. I volunteered for approximately 70 hours in Urgent Care and 30 hours in Hemodialysis. In Urgent Care, I greeted patients as they entered and answered any questions regarding the process. I also provided patients with water, blankets, face-masks and ice-packs. If any emergencies transpired, I would quickly assist the patient to prevent them from harming themselves since a few were unstable and I would bring over a chair and notify the Urgent Care triage nurse. Overall, the goal of my position was to help make the Urgent Care experience as comfortable and welcoming as possible for the patients. I interacted with a diverse group of people with an assortment of ailments. My duties as a volunteer in Hemodialysis comprised of greeting the patients as they entered, calling the nurse to determine which dialysis pod the patient was to undergo treatment, to provide the patients with water or blankets and to deliver any special messages from the nurses to the patients via the telephone. I occasionally had to call taxis or Disabled & Aged Regional Transportation System (DARTS) for the patients. Standard procedure was that when patients entered, I would check for their name on the list to determine which pod they will be in, call the pod to let them know the patient has arrived, the nurse would let me know if …show more content…
I was fortunate enough to gain employment as a teacher’s assistant at McMaster Student Union Childcare Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. As of now, I have worked a total of 656 hours at the centre. I care for children from 18 months to 5 years of age. My central duties as the teacher’s assistant is to act as a support to the daycare teacher by watching the children as they play, while they sleep and occasionally when they eat. In addition to observing the children to maintain safe play, I often read to the children and take part in their play activities. A few of the children I have cared for had cognitive deficits, behavioural impairments as well as autism spectrum disorder. During naptime, I would facilitate quiet play with one of the children that had cognitive deficits since he was too old for naptime. He often misbehaved and acted inappropriately, which I had to manage and attempted to divert his attention from thoughts or aspects of his environment that instigated his behaviours. During naptime, I have also had to watch over a child with autism to ensure he did not harm himself or disturb the other children. If he moved off of his bed while still fairly asleep, I would have to gently place him back. If he woke-up I would provide him with his favourite toys and picture books to calm him. If that did not soothe him, I would attempt to

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