Patricia Rhinevault5/11/2019Professional Presence and InfluenceWGUC351
A1. The Western model of health focuses on treating the disease rather than treating the person. The mind and the body are viewed as two separate entities, rather than one affecting the other. Western medicine depends on doctors correctly making a diagnosis and then prescribing a pill. Instead of fixing the underlying cause, Western medicine in a sense “covers up” the disease to provide a cure. And in many cases it works. There wouldn’t be vaccinations or antibiotics without it. There are treatments in place nowfor thousands of diagnoses. But the body is not fixed. Western medicine rarely focuses on using nutrition, exercise or stress reduction to improve health. Many patients don’t want to hear about their obesity causing knee pain, high blood pressure or diabetes. And doctors have been wrongly conditioned to keep their patients happy through the use of patient satisfaction scores. The Eastern model of health uses the mind, body and spirit together to treat the patient. In traditional Chinese medicine, the body is balanced between good and evil, yin and yang. A person’s qi, or energy, flows through the body and each organ affects the other. A physician makes a diagnosis based on symptoms, assessing the pulse and checking the tongue. A few common therapies used include qigong, cupping, herbal supplements and acupuncture. Each is aimed at balancing the body and bringing harmony. Eastern medicine has been hard to accept in the west because it can’t be proven with qualitativeresearch and is based on the unknown. But, it does work and has been around for thousands of years. A2. For many years I was quite skeptical of Eastern medicine and thought it was useless. These past six months I have been changing my mind, doing some research and I have tried it. I’ve been going to an acupuncture to treat bad headaches and it works! After four sessions my headache and neck pain has all but gone away. I have also been doing cupping during massage sessions. After massages I feel more relaxed and “looser.” I am becoming more of a believer in Eastern medicine because of my experiences. I also firmly still believe in the importance of Western medicine and its use in the emergency room at work.By the time people arrive in the ER, they are beyond the help of Eastern medicine. At work I have suggested to patients to try acupuncture and massage as well as stress reduction. I am trying to
incorporate focusing on prevention rather than a cure in my lifestyle and I am passing it along to my patients. 3. I would describe my nursing practice as a combination of mindful and distracted. In the emergency room it is extremely hard to not be distracted in general. I do my best to be mindful when I am in a patient’s room, to make the patient feel like they are my only focus and my priority. This is important for the patient and their family members. However, I am also listening to over head codes being called, thinking about my other patients and constantly reprioritizing what I am going to be doing next. And as a
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