HOYA 1 Sept/Oct Article
Fall has arrived and we have been very busy! First of all I have to say these students are amazing! We have had a really great start to the year and they continue to work hard. Maintaining an 86% is not easy.
This month we had three important topics: abuse, bioethics and communication. Our local ombudsman(a person who advocates for residents in facilities) came and shared his role and all about resident’s rights and how we can protect those rights.
Ethics and laws are in our everyday lives and we learned the difference between the two. Each student had an ethical topic that they had to research for and against and then formulate their opinion on the topic. Each student then presented their topic and we held class discussions regarding the for and against. Some topics were quite interesting to say the least.
Abuse is never an easy topic. We often just think of physical abuse, but there are so many forms of abuse. To help them learn the different forms, skits were done to help lighten the heaviness of this topic. Props, humor, and examples helped drive home the different types of abuse.
Then it was on to communication. Listening is always hard. We were made for connection and we all have a story to share. Barriers, hearing loss, vision impairment, and culture all play a role in how we communicate. This week we learned how to better communicate, work with barriers, answer the phone professionally and meet our patients/residents needs.
When we think of foreign language we think of Spanish, French, and others, but medical terminology is also its own language. Abbreviations and medical terms were part of our communication chapter. The students will learn over 200 medical terms this year. Our abbreviation test was a great start and intro into the medical world.
October will be quite busy. A field trip on October 5th will start off the month with a college and career fair at FHN. Freeports homecoming parade is October 5th and some students have volunteered their time to walk in the parade. On October 7th we will host our annual blood drive. This drive is all day and we have openings during the lunch hour from 11 to 1p so please feel free to come join in! It is held at St. Johns Church on Park Blvd. Most importantly we will start our chapter on infection control. Infection control is the foundation of keeping those we care for and ourselves safe. Proper handwashing and the use of personal protective equipment will be the highlights this month. Have your students teach you a thing or two about hand hygiene!
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