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Running head: PROFESSIONAL CAPSTONE AND PRACTICUM REFLECTIVE JOURNALProfessional Capstone and Practicum Reflective JournalSeilin Gonzalez Grand Canyon University
PROFESSIONAL CAPSTONE AND PRACTICUM REFLECTIVE JOURNAL2New Practice ApproachesIt is patently clear that undertaking my practicum from Vitas Hospice provided me a significant opportunity for developing new skills and garnering knowledge as pertains to the provision of care within a hospice setting. In this case, I observed that one had to have substantial knowledge as well as skills in regards to managing invalid’s symptoms and pain. Specifically, I realized that one needs to comprehend the practical measures that would work bestin controlling pain in convalescents as well as the approaches that would work best in enhancing nutritional intake, mobility, and normal body functioning. Through the practicum, it was apparent that one had to have skills in assisting the invalids within the hospice more especially inthe spiritual, psychological, and emotional dimensions of dying. As well, I learnt that a nurse hadan obligation of making daily evaluation regarding a patient’s capability and together with the convalescent agree upon support which is required. At the same time, it was evident that that oneought to be anticipating, planning, and anticipating for future developments by deploying their own experience and technical knowledge. Intraprofessional CollaborationThe significance of intraprofessional collaboration in the provision of hospice care was another concept that was learnt during the practicum. In this scenario, I observed that through interprofessional collaboration, the disciplinary team which comprised of the nurses, physicians, chaplains, social workers, dieticians, bereavement counselors, and pharmacists was able to associate with each other at a personal level as they shared ideas concerning the therapy of a convalescent and ways of augmenting comfort care of patients in the hospice (Paul & Peterson, 2012). As a result of intraprofessional collaboration, I noted that various members of the interdisciplinary team were at a position of working together, a fact which led to improvement of