Essay on Personal Narrative: Reflections of a Nursing Student

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Introduction
As a nursing student, my job has been very involving. In my career, I have recognized that I play a major role of offering intensive care to patients who are recovering from surgery. I have managed to help a couple of patients regain consciousness and also am responsible for managing their condition until they are discharged. My responsibilities in post-anesthesia unit included the following:
My Roles in Post-Anesthesia Unit My first role was to monitor patients who were out of theatre. I would do this by making sure that I continually evaluate the patient until he or she wakes up. Upon their waking up, I would help the patient understand their environment through regaining their consciousness. I would normally attend to few
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How Nursing Processes Helped Me Provide Quality and Safe Care Nursing processes play a significant role in the provision of quality care to surgery patients (Gulanick & Myers, 2011). I remember a case of the patient who had undergone cholecystectomy surgical process. Nursing diagnosis of the patient indicated that he was having an ineffective breathing pattern. Patient’s assessment indicated that he exhibited some difficulties in breathing, tachypnea, reluctance to cough and holding of breath. This could have been caused by increased oxygen consumption, which was eventually leading to energy expenditure and reduced respiratory reserve. Nursing interventions included administration of supplemental oxygen through nasal cannula, administration of pain medications, monitoring of vital signs especially pulse and heart rate, assisting the patient by administering deep breathing exercises and pursed lip breathing and checking for changes in mental status and restlessness as the patient recovered.
Care plan
The first step in the morning was to monitor the patient for any vital signs. The second step involved administrations of drugs as prescribed by the doctor. The third step, which was carried in the mid-day, incorporated feeding the patient and ensuring that medications were taken effectively. In some cases, the patient was motivated to do some physical exercises so as to prevent immobility. In the evening, the

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