Milwaukee Journal Sentinel journalist Meg Kissinger came to our class Wednesday to talk more about our last multimedia assignment. Teams would interview patients and professionals on problems found within the health care system. Reporters would also ask the same people what they would fix about health care. The occupation of the person my group has is a nurse, but Kissinger didn't give us his or her name or contact information yet. Today students need blog posts based on the background information of the occupation our interviewee has.
The task was a little bit difficult. I had no idea what I was doing because I wasn't given a website to start from or anything. But I noticed a lot of people blogged about Aurora Health Care. And from the site, it sounds as though nurses possess more of a personal connection with the patient than any other employee in hospitals. Aurora provides a service where nurses go over other people’s houses and take care of them from there. It’s usually that way if the patient has a serious issue, so I completely respect this service. I know a few of my relatives who hospitals provided nurses for them. It wasn't metal health issues, but all of the specific individuals had diabetes, which would be considered a major health issue. I also remember in a class where we talked about how the stronger a relationship is between a patient and a caretaker (e.g., nurse, doctor), the more likely it is that the patient will feel more relaxed and at home. Nurses succeed in making a closer connection through communication and informing or helping patients every step of the way.
I might not know that much about the medical field just yet, but it sounds like nurses aren’t that different from doctors when it comes to caring for the individual. Both of the occupations and their efforts create qualitative relationships and make the patient feel they matter. So I look forward to this opportunity. I’ve never really went deep into learning about nurses until now. And because they’ve cared so much for my own family members in the past, this only makes me more excited.