Reflective Journal – Week 16

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned from my Modern Healthcare entry that the AMA is implementing rules that physicians need more knowledge regarding healthcare economics. I thought this was a great idea because it will improve understanding regarding costs in the healthcare system. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

I liked the exam 3 we covered because it helped me realize how to view each question and situation differently than I originally thought. I liked hearing what everyone else liked about the course and thought needed to remain in the curriculum. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

After evaluating and assessing my own conflict management in the workplace, I realized I need to be more upfront and honest when I need help or cannot do favors for other people. I cannot just simply agree to do things to avoid conflict or confrontation in the workplace. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I liked learning that physicians are required to learn about economics in the healthcare system. This will help guide their decisions which may affect patient costs. They can be more thoughtful towards the financial consequences of care if they learn about these economics. 

Reflective Journal Week 14

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

The article I chose to read was titled “Assessment of clinical risk management system in hospitals: an approach for quality improvement”. It discussed a study which was performed on 200 nursing staff from three teaching hospitals in Iran. Almost 57% of persons participated in a training session of clinical risk management teachings. The authors argue that attempts to establish clinical risk management though improvement quality approach such as clinical governance and accreditation, but not enough, however, healthcare should be moving toward quality improvement and safe practice through the effective integration of clinical risk management in organizational process. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

It made me terrified to be a leader in nursing because you could be held accountable for every event that occurs on your shift. You are responsible for making sure nurses provide adequate care. The discussion changed my view point because I didn’t think the nurse would be held accountable legally for his injuries. Another teammate reminded me that it could be considered negligent care and yes, in fact, they could be sued. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

If I ever become a nurse leader, I will educate myself more on the topic of clinical risk management. I will understand that I can never have a floor understaffed and not provide nurses adequate time to accomplish their tasks because I don’t want to be in a situation like the case study where I could also be sued for inappropriate nurse staffing. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

Like previous blogs, I am realizing how much responsibility and extra concerns there are with being a nurse leader. You have added stress and have to worry more if an event goes wrong on your watch. I am realizing more and more how I don’t want to become a nurse leader. 

Reflective Journal Wk 14

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

Leaders and supervisors have a responsibility to motivate their employees. Coming up with ways to do this proved to be a lot harder than I originally anticipated. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

It was really difficult to think of ways to make employees like their jobs more and be motivated to work harder. I had to think of all the ways my employers and bosses would come up with ways to make me feel more motivated at work. I also learned that congress is being lobbied to benefit pharmaceutical companies, rather than lowering the price for customers. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

I’m not sure how I can fight and argue for lower drug prices, and not focusing on lower costs for manufacturing companies. And I will remember some of the suggestions my group members mentioned of ways to motivate employees. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I am realizing more and more how hard it would be to become a nurse leader or manager. It is seeming more daunting and more a position that I am not interested in anymore. 

Reflective Journal – Week 13

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned the importance of humility as a leader and the complicated process of negotiation. It was a lot more difficult than I originally planned for negotiation, also for strategy planning. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

This one was very confusing and complicated because of the different activity and collaboration involved with the strategy planning activity. I learned a lot from the discussion about risk and cost. I learned it is not also effective to cause a strike and demand more because in the end, you may lose more than what you gain. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

Wk 11 Reflective Journal

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned about how to be more strategic and effective in planning and executing as a leader. I realized how much planning and preparing goes into projects beforehand. I also learned how difficult it is to complete a strategic plan. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

It’s so complex to think of all the strategic planning that occurs in healthcare. There’s advertisement, re-expansion and competition. In my opinion, the competition is for the worse. I don’t like feeling like we have to provide customer service, rather than doing our job and providing good, bedside nursing. I like to focus on patient safety rather than their overall yelp review of the hospital. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

I will make sure I am polite and kind to all of my patients, however, I will never compromise patient safety for a better review or evaluation of customer service. I will not see the hospital as a hotel, rather than the hospital providing medical care. I will also remember how much strategic planning goes into a project before completing one. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I realize how much competition plays into healthcare. Marketing, advertisement and reviews all can influence whether or not I have a job. It also relates to the modern healthcare article I chose to write on. Bias and stereotypes are also influencing healthcare. 

When finished with your entry, place one sentence in this assignment stating your Blog (Reflective Journal) entry has been made.

Wk 10 Reflective Journal

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I really enjoyed watching the “Who moved my cheese?” video. It taught me a lot about how I need to react in situations of change and be mindful of how flexible and adaptive I am as a worker. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

It was interesting to read what everyone else thought about the video. Everyone thought Haw was the most relatable. I was the only one who thought differently. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

I need to be more open minded when it comes to change. My work facility was moved in May. This has lead to a lot of changes in the facility and in the nursing practice. There are a lot of outsourcing resources which has been hard to work with. I need to learn to be more open minded and willing to work with change. It will help me as an employee and in life in general. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I liked the reminder that we should always be prepared, stay motivated and have an open mind when it comes to change. It was a good lesson on how to not be a creature of habit, but rather, make our habits to align with our goals. 

Reflective Journal Week 9

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

This week we dove into the discussion of staffing and budgeting. During my interview, I was surprised to see how much depth has to go into budgeting.It is much more complex than I understood. I also understood how complicated scheduling can be. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

It was very difficult to get everyone on in the schedule. I can’t imagine last minute cancellations of employees and how that would affect the schedule. It made me a lot more sympathetic to our scheduling director at work. I understand how frustrating it is to re-arrange scheduling coordinations when an employee doesn’t show up to work. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

I will be a lot more sympathetic to supervisors who oversee scheduling and budgeting at work. I understand that my salary, limited overtime hours, and everything that has to do with pay has consequences and implications I don’t know about. I will be more sympathetic and understanding when considering my pay and hours. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I like how we try to understand all the complexities nursing leaders have to consider on a day-to-day basis. It makes it easier to understand and will be an easier transition once we get leadership positions. 

 

Reflective Journal -Wk 8

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned more about the patterns and trends that are occurring with nursing and where the profession of nursing is headed. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

I am more motivated to be a nurse. I could tell that nurses are continuing to have more advanced responsibilities and opportunities. Nursing is becoing more diversified and that makes me excited and motivated for the future of nursing. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

I will also utilize the information collected for the portfolio submission to take every opportunity possible to further my resume. I will volunteer more and make sure I am getting more opportunities to build my resume and experience. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I feel optimistic to be in the nursing profession. I understand that nurses are having more responsibilities and are becoming more respected and acknowledged as healthcare professionals. I want to get as much experience possible so I can advance my career as soon as possible. 

Week 7 Reflective Journal

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

During this unit, I learned more about budgets and how they affect nurses and the healthcare field. They impact every decision made in healthcare. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

I thought it was interesting to read everyone’s ideas regarding budgets and what everyone else thought was unnecessary in healthcare. I saw a lot of people say that staffing could have been adjusted and staff should receive less overtime and holiday pay, while being evaluated on appropriate clocking in/ clocking out routines. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

When getting upset about how something is, I will realize that there are a lot of factors at play with one decision in healthcare. Leaders have to consider financial cost as well as benefit when making decisions. I will have more patience when trying to understand why policies are the way they are. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I thought this assignment and discussion were really challenging. I had a hard time deciding what could be cut from a floor’s budget and didn’t know how to approach this budget cut. I still don’t understand too much of how to read these budget outlines and finance charts. 

Reflective Journal-Wk 6

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned about ethics committee’s and their importance in healthcare. We discussed an example of an ethical dilemma and hard the decision would be to make. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

We had two discussions regarding ethical dilemmas and what the best decision would be the best solution if we were placed on the ethics committee’s. From the group, we discussed how to approach ethical conflict and how to approach it initially. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

I will use this information to guide my patient care. I will approach ethical dilemmas with care. I will try to approach conflict with regards to each person involved. However, if there is no resolution I need to approach the ethics committee. I will explain to them the situation and why I need their guidance as to further approach patient care. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I am nervous to approach these kind of conflicts in the workplace. I feel timid thinking of disagreements between physicians and family members because I am to be the advocate for both parties. 

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