With clots the size of golf balls as she begins to

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With clots the size of golf balls. As she begins to clean the blood off the floor patient begins to yell in agony, and more blood pours from the patient. Knowing that this much blood should not be coming from the patient, she gets to the phone calling for a team of professionals. The hospital has a protocol that if individuals believe there is any change in condition, they may call overhead to get others in the room to further assess the patient. The patient was then ordered lab work with a transfusion and then sent to a more equipped floor for closer monitoring. PAGE 6
7 Skill Application #5: The opportunity arose for the nurse to make good decisions for her patient and herself. Sometimes patients do not appear to be as sick as they are and placed on floors where they are not monitored as closely. The social and emotional skill utilized here was the executive function. The nurse showed critical thinking skills by interpreting the current condition and knew if something were not done quickly, the patient could be in worse trouble than she already was. She also showed mental agility. The nurse did this by demonstrating mental quickness. She called for other professionals to join her and further assess the patient by responding to the change in the patient's condition. She adapted to a new situation very quickly, providing the best care for her patient. One personal strength I could bring to the scenario is the compassion and calmness I have for patients. Providing compassionate care is crucial in keeping the patient calm, knowing that they have your undivided attention at that given moment. Providing verbal communication between the nursing assistant, nurse and other staff members offered the appropriate care for the patient and kept the patient safe in the process. This provides better care for the patient and those involved because verbal communication provided the patient with appropriate care needed at the time. If critical thinking or mental agility were not used, the patient could have lost much more blood, and other issues could have arisen. PAGE 7

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