The journal for this week wants me to talk about how I have communicated with my patients and the care team for them. Whenever I am with a patient I try to be very uplifting and straight forward with them. I found it to be much easier to communicate if I am very clear and concise. My rehab patient and I have had great communication after he met me a couple times. At first he really didn’t want to talk that much, but after a couple of rehab sessions he was fine. I also found it easy if I came into the clinic to talk about his rehab plan with Hannah before I started planning his exercises out. I made sure that if there was anything I shouldn’t do or should do for every step of the way. I would ask him how he felt the exercises were and if there was anything he would like to do as well. I think having to do this rehab project for Clinical really helped me with my communication skills. For my first rehab I wanted to make sure I was up to par with what Hannah thought and my patient as well.
For attempts and masteries. I have a couple more attempts to get and I will have enough to finish my packet. I have fell behind on masteries, but I am confident that I will be able to knock out most of what I have in order to finish my packet. Chaypin and I have been on the packet everyday that I am scheduled. I know I will have my packet done by next week.
My greatest weaknesses would have to be procrastination and time management. Last semester was one of my worst when it came to homework and studying. I got so focused on Chemistry that I would put all of my other classes to the side. It turned around to bite me but luckily I made it through. The time management part goes hand and hand with procrastination. I always did my chemistry at night, but during the day I would just go to class, football, and AT on the weekends. This semester I have done much better with both, but I still need to improve because I know I can. I got a planner and went through all of the syllabuses for due dates. I have seen the benefits of just adjusting my habits by a little and I am ready to do better.
My greatest strengths would have to be determination and confidence. When I first got in the program these would have been my weaknesses. I have forced myself to become a better student/friend/son because I want to be better. I was not confident at all last year or last semester. After staying here over the winter and going over my clinical packet with Melissa and Cole I finally realized that I did know more than I thought. Everyday we would go over that packet and I would get more and more confident. Melissa really helped me get over the fear I had of what if I don’t know it. After passing my exit, I had the greatest feeling and ever since then I have been trying to be better because I loved the feeling of being successful.
For attempts and masteries, I have been meeting my goal. I am about 15 attempts away from reaching the required amount. I am a little behind on masteries though because I haven’t been trying for those as much recently, but I met my goal for the week. Chaypin is still really helpful and encouraging when it comes to the clinical packet.