Health is Wealth

“Health is wealth” have been a cliché for so many years already. I use to hear it all the time from my friends, classmates and even from medical professionals but I never really bothered to take it into my system. I’ve lived 24 years of my life having a sedentary lifestyle and I really do not care. Until recently that I can no longer do things I used to do all the time. I’m overweight now and life is a little bit different for me now. I tire easily and I cannot even do the things I used to love like playing dance revolution because I pant fifteen minutes into the game.

            Taking care of patients require a great boost of energy to be able to handle all your clients. We’re on our second to the last week in clinical and we’re already required to do all the care and medications of three clients. After doing care for two clients, it seems like I’ve been doing care for twenty clients already. It’s not the same anymore compared to when I was still in the Philippines. I used to handle ten patients and still have lots of energy to handle more. But since I gained so much weight, I could only do at most three and my energy level is already drained and I feel so tired. I even overexert myself to finish my tasks on my clients. And by doing so, I know I could really hurt myself badly.

            Being healthy and staying healthy is a must if we are in the health profession. How are we able to give the best care to our clients if we are not capable to do the care because of our health? I know I should start losing weight now and I can do this by eating more healthy foods and not purchasing foods from fast food all the time. I should also start an active lifestyle like exercising or spending an hour a day to go to the gym. I should be healthy and fit so I can take good care of my clients and at the same time not risk hurting myself in the process.


Reflective Thinking about the Clinical

The nursing process of clinical practicum:


Assessment: No two patients are the same in physical, psychological and emotional make up. Some patients are small and light and some are tall and heavy. Some patients are fully aware of what’s happening around them and some have simply no idea where they are and why they’re there. Some patients are always in a good mood every time you go and check them and some are grouchy all the time. The only thing that’s common for most of them is that they can’t get themselves out of bed. They need two person-assists to move them to and fro the bedroom and dining room.


Planning: Establishing a rapport with patients is the basic and most important key to communicating with them. The use of therapeutic communication each time we do their care and do a head-to-toe assessment on them is a must. Performing swallowing assessments each time we do the feeds are important for clients who are choking risk. Researching about the medications before actually giving it to the client can be helpful too.


Implementation: Every time I am in the facility I make sure to it that I have researched about the patient so things would flow easily when I do their care. Building a good client-student nurse relationship and gaining the clients trust while doing assessments so the execution of it is smooth and easy.


Evaluation: With the second clinical almost coming to an end, I could happily say that I did not only do what I needed to do well but I have also established a good working relationship with the clients as well as the staff. With the help of my instructors and my fellow student nurses, my stay in the clinical has been a very fruitful one.