Hi! In my recent post, I happened to talk about my finished degree which is Nursing. If you are planning on enrolling, i’ll tell you some things about it. To where I studied, you have to complete 4 years(this year, I think, it is up to 5 years) of formal schooling and a fixed hours of duty in the hospital. A typical day at school includes projects, taking down notes and reports. You will come across some new activities like journal/article  reading, usually came from a Nursing journal, and writing your reaction about it. Case Presentation is one of the important activities usually done in groups. In duty hours, NCP (Nursing Care Plans), Drug Studies and Return-Demonstrations are tasks that will keep you busy. And, did I say, millions of vital signs taking will take place every duty? *laughs*

I gave you the above information so that you will have some background regarding it from a graduate. This post is all according to my experience and it may vary in your place. A few days ago, I was watching some hospital-related tv programs. Mostly, in the ER or OR. I’m always in awe and with my right eyebrow a little raised about how they make such life-threatening situations that it might happen in real-life similar to it, or might naturally done otherwise because some circumstances is unexpected and inevitable. The real action is when you actually experience it which is only challenging when you are the health worker/health care provider.(*laughs*)

Let’s take it simple. I will give an example(which is somewhat similar to the stories of most of the patients). One day, you’re sweeping the thick autumn leaves on your backyard. It started out fine. You managed to clean the 1/4 of the small lot. It was chilly so you started it slow. When you are about to finish the first half, you feel a sudden ache at the left side of your chest, sudden increase of breathing and weakness. Because of that, you decided to get some rest thinking the pain will subside. The next day, you are up again, this time to consult your resident doctor.

Here are some of the important things to take note and to take in with you in the doctor’s clinic:[(from yours truly, ;)]

  • Listen carefully. believe me, the things the doctor will be saying are the selected, important and simplified facts about your health. I know at first, it might get your nose bleeding(because of the medical terms, *laughs*). But if you really doesn’t understand, or even comprehend the terms ask  what it means. He/she will definitely understands and might slap him/her into consciousness that you didn’t happen to be his/her colleague and didn’t study amazing 10 years or so of schooling and internship and he forgot it. (yeah, it might happen.. *laughs*)
  • Don’t be nervous. You are there because you wanted to be healthy and that’s the goal of any health worker you will about to face. You are in good hands.
  • Health history. Enumerate them all because it might be the cause of your health liabilities, defects or illness.
  • Take note of the pain you felt, whether it feels like stabbing, excruciating or crashing. It will be nice if  you describe it to him with all the right words like how you confess your love with all that figures of speech to someone you like. 😉
  • Location. Start speaking about how uncomfortable you are in a certain part of your body.  It will be of so much help if you point it out to the AP(attending physician) where it is so he/she can physically examine it. How many times it usually occur and how long. Then, you tell about how it affects your whole body and activities of daily living.

  • When the test results are finished, ask about it and what it interprets. The tests explain your true condition.
  • Ask about the medications and how it might affect and cure your health. *Please, please, take the orders as they were ordered. Don’t skip or add doses.
  • When you understand almost all of the doctors teaching, don’t forget the home interventions and when to get back, if necessary.
  • If all is finished, thank him/her. That very moment, you happen to meet one or few(nurses and assistants) added people who are genuinely care about you. They don’t spent their young adulthood years(approximately 4-12 years) just because they are  obsess about wearing white coats or scrub suits, you know. I believe ‘caring’ is also  established..

  • Carry out all the orders. Take care of your health! Even if all the professionals in the hospital are kind to you, make sure you don’t get to see them again- which they will all understand! *chuckles* Don’t forget the famous saying, ‘health is wealth.’

Hope this helps! – cyndi

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