in the hospital, I started in the ED. I found myself gravitating to the corner of the Ed where we had three beds for patients in mental health crisis. No ED nurse wanted to work this assignment, so I would volunteer to do it. This led me to transition taking a position in the acute psychiatric unit. After starting this program and continuing to work in mental health I have grown to have a greater appreciation for the mentally ill and after completing the community nursing and even the holistic care class I have decided that I want to continue to obtain my nurse practitioner in mental health. The reason for this change in me is that you see mental health in every patient. While doing the assessments in the Holistic Care of the Older Adult (NURS-3325) you were asking specific questions about each patient’s mental health during physical assessments. This combined with my deeper learning of populations and learning about culture in the Vulnerable
4 CAPSTONE SYNTHESIS PAPER Populations class (NURS-4465) I learned that as nurses we tend to not include mental health in our care plans and it falls to the wayside. This is why I fell that I need to focus on mental health. My continuing my nursing career in mental health, I will be able to help people who may not have visible symptoms, and this will contribute to their overall health. Synthesis of Role Transition I have grown up around nursing my whole. My parents were both Navy corpsmen and then continued on to nursing after leaving the military. I tried to stay away for the longest time, I
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- Fall '15
- Tammy Eades
- Synthesis Paper