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. 

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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. 

Reflective Journal Wk 5

 

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I feel like this unit focused on supervision. It put us into the perspective of “If I was their supervisor, how would I handle this situation? What actions need to be done?”. It made me have questions about leadership and delegation. How should employees be reprimanded? How would you evaluate an employee? 

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 listening to others perspective on leadership, they felt as though failure to not live up to job expectations warranted termination without warning. They felt as though excuses were not tolerable, no matter the situation. This was definitely against what I had thought and had given me a new perspective on the topic. 

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

I need to be more strict as a leader, not so tolerable to life’s extenuating circumstances. If I am too flexible, employees will take advantage and not fulfill their job expectations/ requirements. There is a balance between being a harsh and understanding leader. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I feel like this unit was an important one to talk about and I learned a lot from the team activities and individual ones. 

 

Reflective Journal Wk 4

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned about being personable, hard working and positive in the workplace. I learned that team work often involves compromise and humility. During the team work activities this week, I learned to set aside my own agenda and compromised with my team about various ideas. During the discussion, we explored different view points and ideas. 

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

Yes, especially during the team activities. We talked about what supplies would be necessary and who would be most valuable in a survival situation. My mind was changed multiple times during the activities. 

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

I will always try to be a team player. At the beginning of the course, Sean discussed the importance of working on a team. You have to compromise and listen to others’ ideas and opinions and decide on the best decision for all involved. I will incorporate this into my nursing practice by always being humble enough to listen to everyone else. 

I personally felt like this section was a very important one that brought to light the significance of being personable and working on a team. 

Hiring Interview

This interview was conducted with Jana Monson, owner of Creative Arts Academy. She has hired over 75 employees over the past 15 years. 

 

  1. What are some characteristics you feel you look for in a new employee? “The first thing I look for is a friendly, flexible, cooperative and approachable person. Someone who can listen, speak well and has knowledge about their expertise. I want to hear about their background, their training and anything else that makes them qualified for the job”. 
  1. How important is previous experience when interviewing potential employees?                          It can be important, but the qualifying characteristics are much more important. If they’re approachable and willing to be taught,  we can train them on the job in their deficiences. Sometimes more experience can be hindering because they’re set in their ways and don’t want to adapt to new environments or new policy changes. 
  2. How well do you feel you can get to know a person through a job interview? “Pretty well, you can tell their personality and how personable they are throughout the interview”
  3. How long should a “good” interview typically last? “15-20 minutes”. 
  4. What qualities or characteristics would make you immediately not want to hire an individual? “If they were negative right off the back. If they talk badly about past employers, or seems to be complaining a lot about various things. I want to see that they are positive and will improve the workplace environment, not worsen it. I have enough responsibilites myself, I don’t need more anxiety and stress with a negative employee that is ruining everyone else’s attitudes”.
  5. What kind of questions should the individual being interviewed ask you? “They can ask about the workplace, history of the job, what the job entails. I want to see that they have done their research and really want the job”.  
  6. How did you feel during your first hiring experience? “I felt hopeful that they will do a good job. I also felt nervous that I wouldn’t be able to tell someone’s work ethic or personality through the interview, and I would hire the wrong candidate”.
  7. How do you prepare for a hiring interview? “Read through resume and try to get as much information as possible. Always call the references before the interview”. 
  8. How many candidates do you interview for a job? “Depends on where the need is and how desperate we are to hire.”
  9. Do you think it’s a positive when the candidate follows up after the interview? “Yes, that is a good positive. It shows that the person wants the job and is willing to make sometimes uncomfortable phone calls”.
  10. Is it okay for the person being interviewed to ask for some time to think about a question before responding? “Yes, that’s fine. I want them to have a well thought out answer and to be prepared with what they want to say. I am willing to give them the time to come up with the answer that appropriately fits their views”.
  11.  Do you look at the types of jobs they have held in the past and how they prepare them for the position? “Yes, that is important”. 
  12. How is the turnover for the position you are filling? “Not a lot of turnovers. I’ve realized over the years that if you treat your employees good, they stay and are loyal to the company”.
  13. Are there advancement opportunities with this position? “There is a lot of advancement opportunities. Depending on one’s job performance, they can be advanced to higher paying job with more responsibilities”.
  14. How many candidates are you actually hiring? “It’s usually just one, but there can be more depending on the job specifications and the need requirement”. 

What I learned from this interview is that being personable and a hard worker are more important than your experience. Someone can be trained in skills and abilities, but teaching a work ethic, determination and a positive attitude are not as easily taught. It is important for me to have a good attitude while in the workplace and be a very hard worker. 

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