The Real World

In the nursing field, I see interdisciplinarity used in all sorts of situations, one situation that stands out to me was during my time as a precepting nurse in a hospital.  It was time for morning meeting meaning that we got together in a group and discussed the plan of action for each patient that day.  That group of people consisted of the medical doctor for that floor, the physical therapist, the occupational therapist, the nurses, respiratory therapist, social workers, and the nurse’s aides.  Each would go over where they are at with each patient and the next step with their plan of care.  Then we would discuss how we could help the other disciplines to get the best results for each patient.  This could consist of timing out each person’s visit so none overlap as well as planning to give pain medicine to a patient prior to physical therapy so they could get the best results.  There are both aspects of interdisciplinarity and multi-disciplinarity at play here.  Interdisciplinarity by timing each disciplines visit with the patients to create a seamless flow of work through the fields and also multi-disciplinarity because you can see the different work that the disciplines are doing while still leading toward the goal of obtaining the best outcome for the patient.

MILITARY RELIEF EFFORTS IN HAITI AFTER DEVASTING EARTHQUAKE

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The Future is Coming

This article that I came across last week really caught my eye because of recent events in my own community.  The article was titled, “The Future of Vision and Eye care” which describes different new technology that will help people with vision problems.  This really hits home because not once but twice I have seen this technology work within my Facebook community.  The first being via a video shared in which the father of a family was colorblind for his whole life but his family saves up for this new technology is the shape of sunglass

Marco Verch, DJI FPV Goggles und Fernbedienung, 2017

es.  These glasses allowed him to see color for the first time in his life and he says, “it doesn’t look like mud.”  Another example is someone that I went to elementary school with have known for years.  His father has been blind for the last 20 years due to a previous illness but with technology from the company eSight he was able to see his family which includes a 6-year-old son who he’s never been able to visualize.  Watching these videos allows everyone to see the great leaps that technology is making which can help everyday people.  The only problem now is the high prices that unfortunately a lot of everyday people can’t afford, but I’m sure in time the price of technology like this won’t be as astonishing.

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BIOLOGY

One of the major discipline that takes up a large portion of my contract is that of nursing.  Nursing is a discipline that is actually made up of other disciplines which are health and biology.  Biology is a major part of nursing because it teaches about how the body functions as well as how different parts of the body work together.  Most of the content of biology has to do with the human body and the anatomy and physiology surrounding how the body functions.  The methods behind this discipline revolve around both qualitative and quantitative means.  The is so because we use measurements and other tools to figure out the size of different structures in the body which would be qualitative but we also use research articles and different case studies to figure out the different functions of these structures.  Biology is a discipline the involves hands on examination as well as library research in order to best figure out the functions of the body.  According to this article, “Ancient Egypt gets a lot of credit for having advanced knowledge about the human body in around 2800 BC. That’s almost 5,000 years ago! Most ancient biologists studied medicine and anatomy (the structure of the human body). Those subjects helped them keep people alive. Egyptians also used anatomy to deal with death.” (Abboud, 2015)  This makes it one of the oldest disciplines known to man.  Biology itself has obviously evolved since those time and continues to evolve with the new technology that continues to come along.  Biology is one of those disciplines that plays a significant role in numerous different science fields and helps us learn more about ourselves.

Rob Swatski, Right subclavian vein, 2011

Carolina Abboud. (2015, August 6). Biology’s Beginnings. ASU – Ask A Biologist. Retrieved October 24, 2017 from http://askabiologist.asu.edu/mummy-brains

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Let’s Go Digital

Reading about future technologies and how they affect different aspects of our lives has always intrigued me, so when an articles comes up about new tech I feel compelled to read it.  The healthcare field greatly benefits from any new technology because most times it allows professionals to obtain more data on patients that they are caring for.  An article I saw this past week titled, “Man Says Apple Watch App Helped Detect Blood Clot, Saved His Life” relates back to one of my previous posts that can be seen here.  This new article talks about how different wearable technology has been used to save multiple lives.  These people probably didn’t think that these health monitoring devices would eventually save their lives when they originally bought them but are now realizing that they wouldn’t be alive without them.

 

Maurizio Pesce, Razer OSVR Open-Source Virtual Reality for Gaming, 2015

Another fascinating article that I read was titled, “5 Ways Medical Virtual Reality is Already Changing Healthcare” as it talked about new ways VR has been used in different healthcare scenarios.  This really hit home because I have recently had my first encounter with virtual reality and it really opened my eyes to how this really affects the senses and tricks the mind.  After having that experience and reading about these different ways to use VR I have been really opened up to a lot of new ideas that have to go along with fining ways to handle problems in the healthcare field.

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Interdisciplinarity

To me interdisciplinary studies was a means to an end when trying to finish up my undergraduate degree.  At first I was guided toward this field as a way to finally get off of my roller coaster college experience but it has actually opened my eyes to a different approach to learning.  Through this new approach I am able to better understand complex problems and am able to uncover various viable solutions.  It has also allowed me to look to my future with more confidence by showing me multiple different paths that I can embark upon.  A term which Moti Nissani talks about in “Ten Cheers for Interdisciplinarity” is outsider’s perspective.  He describes, “career mobility . . . is among the most potent sources of innovation and development within a discipline.” This will guide my overall goal of helping innovate reform within the healthcare field with my broad background and various different experiences.  Vartan Gregorian states, “But a major failure of our higher-education system is that it has largely come to serve as a job-readiness program.” (Colleges Should Reconstruct the Unity of Knowledge).  This is also true in the healthcare system as we are teaching professionals to just do a job/task and move on when one of the biggest aspects in this field is caring for another individual.  This part in the healthcare system is being unfortunately missed most of the time.  Through the interdisciplinary approach to learning I have been shown how to deal with this complex problems and find solutions and ways to implement change within this field.

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A Day in my Personal Leaning Network

With my background focuses in the healthcare field, I like to look at how the future is going to change and expand some of the ideas we have in regards to our health.  One idea that I have become interested in is the thought of having something wearable that records our vitals along with other health measures.  Through reading different articles regarding this topic I have read about

Brother UK, Wearable Devices and Smart Watches for Fitness and Hospital Health Tracking, 2017

some pros and cons to this type of technology.  In an article by Alvin Powell titled “Feeling Woozy? Time to check the tattoo“, I read about the idea of tattoo ink that monitors blood sugar or dehydration levels and alerts you by changing colors.  I love the idea of having something on the body that monitors important vital signs like the tattoo but also believe that this idea could become harmful.  The first problem I see arising is an increased risk of infection which could be easily fixed but a bigger problem could be if the ink malfunctions and gives the user back faulty data.  If the user is dependent on that data alone then they could face life-threatening consciences.

In a different article I read, “Will The Hospital Of The Future Be In Our Home?”talks about the idea of our own home basically being set up like a state of the art lab that will be continuously be running tests on us.  It gave examples like how a “smart scale” could give you information regarding weight and body fat percentages and how while looking into a mirror it’ll give you your stress levels and your current mood along with a lot of other great ideas to go with future technology.  I believe that the idea of a ‘smarthouse’ is a little extravagant and could be expensive but some of the technology for this idea is already available, its just putting it to good use.

Though these two articles have the same sort idea they are much different.  The second article is a much larger scale and is less invasive when it comes to the mode of monitoring different levels.  The first article may provide technology that has a larger impact in someones day to day life.  I’m just excited to see where different technologies bring the future of healthcare and how we maneuver this dangerous road because there will be consciences as well as a lot of trial and error when it comes to new technology and interacting with an individuals health.

 

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Interdisciplinary application

The program that I am creating is called Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan and it includes a number of classes from biological sciences, nursing, health, and psychology.  The core of my program is made up of classes that have taught me how to work with people to improve their quality of life.  Health is a word that is used to describe a person’s physical condition.  Being healthy differs from person to person but one major part of ‘being healthy’ is being free of illness or injury.  I created my program in order to help others to try to improve their overall health which will improve their overall quality of living.  I believe that with my background in nursing and biology as well as my past and current healthcare experience I can help people understand different aspects of their own health and show them ways that they can improve upon it.

I set up my program to give me a broad background that combines biology, health, psychology and nursing.  My goal is to use this program as a stepping stone toward applying for graduate school so I can better accomplish my overall goal of helping to change the future of healthcare and how we care for others.  I am currently a licensed practice nurse working in a nursing

Michael Havens, Healthcare, 2015

facility and every day I see ways that we can better parts of the healthcare system.  At this time, I am just a small fish and a much larger pond but I believe that I can help change the way we care for not only others but our own loved ones as well.  Through this program I will have a broad background with many different applied clinical experiences that will guide my path toward graduate school and hopefully creating a better future.

 

I created this program because I wanted something that would combine various disciplines in order to further expand my own knowledge.  With the different classes that I have prepared in my contract, I will be able to better understand and solve problems that I may run into.  With this program, I will be set up to apply to graduate school with a degree that really defines that knowledge that I have accumulated throughout my time here at Plymouth State.  It is different than other programs because it allows me to use my broad background to push myself in any direction that I choose.  I will not be pigeon-holed into following one specific path that may prevent me from accomplishing my overall goal.  Instead I will be learning so I can further my education and obtain the knowledge to work in the real world and succeed in achieving my overall goal.  This program that I have created will give me the resources necessary to continue my journey towards accomplishing what I personally believe in.

In creating my program, I have put together sixteen different courses from the disciplines of nursing, health, psychology, and biology.  Included in these courses are several clinical rotations that I have done that helped build experience and skills.  Starting from the beginning I took Human Anatomy and Physiology II which gave me the foundation of seeing how the body works and how each organ system communicates with each other.  This class laid the groundwork for all my future learning and expanded my knowledge about the major body systems.  This class went with the Human Anatomy/Physiology Laboratory II which improved my skills when trying to identify different structures in the body.  This lab completed the foundation that was started by the class and helped connect the theory aspect of anatomy with the physical aspect.  Microbiology for Nurses was a class that allowed me to discover different microbes and how each affected an individual’s health differently.  This class was equipped with a laboratory section in which I saw how different microbes grew and evolved.  This class gave me information that allows me to able to distinguish between different microorganisms and know how each will affect someone’s health.  The class Genetics for Nurses taught me about an individual’s genetic makeup and how this can affect them throughout their life.  It gave me the knowledge to understand diseases that a person faces even before they are born and it also gave me the clinical tools to care for someone who may face one of these diseases.  Life-Span Developmental Psychology taught about the psychological aspect that affects an individual’s wellbeing.  The knowledge obtained in this class opened my eyes to a different spectrum of health that consists of one’s mental health.  This part is a major aspect of an individual’s health that goes unfortunately unforeseen by many and can have a substantial effect on their overall health.  These three classes as well as the labs associated with them gave me the foundation of understanding how many diseases come about and the functional parts of the body that they affect.

Another important class was Applied Nutrition for Healthy living which gave me the understanding of basic nutritional guidelines to improve upon one’s health.  This class allowed me to see the benefits that come from improving one’s nutrition which will in turn improve one’s overall health.  This concept plays a key role in the idea of being proactive instead of reactive when it comes to different illnesses that may present themselves.

This last cluster made up and large portion of the knowledge and skills that I have obtained through the program that I have created.  The first class, Research Process and Evidence-Based Practice(QRCO) gave me the tools to do proper research on topics that I am studying.  In this class I learned how to differentiate between credible and non-credible information.  Using this information that I obtained allowed me to gather quality information and use in toward furthering my own knowledge.  Health and Wellness of Older Adults allowed me to understand the different type of care that the older population need.  This class taught about the aging process and different milestones that come along with elderly patients.  Through this class and my current work experience I have unfortunately seen that the elderly is a population that are under cared for and that is definitely an aspect of healthcare that I want to be influential in trying to change.  Global Health and Population-Based Healthcare showed me yet another different side of healthcare that involves community and public health.  These areas are very important because they create programs that improve individual’s knowledge regarding their own health.  This is another great idea on how individuals can become more proactive in terms of their own health.  The class informed me about different ideas about how to start and improve upon these programs in order to improve the overall health of people throughout my community.  The class Evidence-Based Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing taught about different psychiatric illnesses and how they affect one’s health.  This class gave me the knowledge of different illnesses and how to proper deal with them.  The clinical aspect Clinical Evidence-Based Practice allowed me to use the knowledge that I had previously obtained and put it to use in the healthcare facility that I was doing my clinical rotation at.  I was able to improve my skills and patient care in the area of psychiatric health.  A major course, Nurse Leadership for Acute Care Nursing taught about how different diseases affect the body.  I obtained knowledge on how to care for different individuals that are affected by all different diseases.  This class also taught me about how different diseases come about and ways prevent them from happening in the first place.  In Leadership and Quality Improvement in Clinical Settings (the clinical associated with the previous course) I was able to translate my knowledge into skills and care for patients that were affected by different diseases.  In this clinical rotation, I provided direct patient care to those whom I was directed to care for as well as others who called for my help.  This rotation provided me with experience that will help guide my future and how to care for a wide variety of individuals.  My last class Pharmacology and Pathophysiology gave me the knowledge on what to use to care for patients.  This class taught about medications that can be used on different diseases and how those medications affect an individual’s body.  The course provided the cornerstone of caring for diseases in the world of western medicine.  It has provided me with the knowledge of how different medications affect different diseases and also how each and every medication works in the body.  I use this information when caring for individuals in my current career and throughout my future.

The program that I have created is interdisciplinary because it takes ideas from four distinct disciplines and combines them to produce a program that has a unique outlook on health and wellness.  The program gives me the knowledge and skills to care for as well as educate others on how to improve upon their own overall health.  It provides a vast background of classes that contribute to one another and expand my knowledge when talking about health and wellness.  This program as well as the psychology minor that I have will provide a stepping stone toward graduate school which will set me up to accomplish my goal of changing the way we care for individuals.  This includes pushing fo

r change in regard to how healthcare is paid for and also pushing to increase government funding toward healthcare.  Being a Licensed Practical Nurse in a healthcare facility has opened my eyes to how underfunded those facilities actually are.  With more funding, it’ll lead to better overall staffing which will lead to better overall care for the individuals.  Through my current job I can see many ways in which administration can improve the facility as a whole, but as just a cog in the machine my suggestions are mostly heard and ignored.  I believe that the program that I have created gives me the background and knowledge to help to try to solve these problems and in turn improve field that we will all need in the future.

Molly Adams, Medicare for All Rally, 2017

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Prospectus’ to guide the rest of the semester

Research Article:  Ways to identify and reduce early symptoms/stages of Alzheimer’s.

Topic

Dementia is a disease of the elderly.  Some people just think that as old people age they just get crazier but this isn’t at all the case.  Those crazy old people are more likely fighting a non-winnable battle with dementia.  The most common form of dementia is called Alzheimer’s disease and most people can agree that they unfortunately know someone that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  In my everyday job, I work with elderly population, most of which are stuck in one of the multiple stages of Alzheimer’s ranging from mild to severe.  I’ve been working with this population for over a year now and have seen a lot of my resident’s progress through the stages and this has been obviously very difficult for the families and myself due to the bond that we try to form with the residents.

Number 10, How well are people living with dementia?, 2012

 

Goals

Alzheimer’s is a disease that is most prevalent in the older population.  Unfortunately, there is no way thus far to cure this horrible disease, but there are ways to identify and lessen the effects of the early stages of this disease.  Through extensive research that I will share with others in my field I hope to help others identify these early symptoms and encourage others to seek help in understanding the different stages of this disease.  Since Alzheimer’s can be passed along through a family’s genetics I will share the information with the families that I work with so they can identify these early symptoms and how to manage them.

 

Outcome

The outcome that I aspire to achieve is to gather enough information about early symptoms of Alzheimer’s and how to identify and manage these symptoms.  From there I want to share this information with others in my field and more importantly those who have a loved one who is affected by Alzheimer’s.  These families are most important because they are the ones that are

most susceptible to having another loved one suffer from the disease in the future.  This paper will hopefully create a foundation for me to be able to continue my education so I can have an even more profound effect on the care provided for an under cared for elderly population.

Timeline

10/3-10/9

Find 2 Research articles and read/take notes

10/10-10/16

Find 2 more research articles and read/take notes

10/17-10/23

Find 2 more research articles and read/take notes

10/24-10/30

Make a rough outline of the paper

10/31-11/6

Write a section of the paper

11/7-11/13

Write another section of the paper

11/14-11/20

Write the final section of the paper

11/21-11/27

Bring paper to Writing center

11/28-12/4

Putting paper online finishing hotlinks and adding images

12/5-12/11

Finishing touches of paper

 

 

Research project: Evening seminar with friends and families about the early stages of Alzheimer’s and ways to manage them.

Idea

For my applied project, I would like to host an evening seminar about Alzheimer’s.  I want to invite the families of those I care for and also anyone else who would be interested in learning more about the disease.  I plan to make pamphlets to hand out prior to the seminar and have a Q&A session at the end.  I would like for this session to happen at the nursing facility that I currently work at.

Goal

My goal will be to inform my community about ways to manage the early stages of Alzheimer’s.  Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the older population and with the overall population getting older we will probably see an unfortunate rise in the disease.  I would like the educate people so that they are prepared because a lot of people that are diagnosed with this disease are blindsided and do not understand what this disease means for them.  I am thinking that I will video record the seminar in order to share it onto my ePort so others can see it and I will be able to expand my audience.

The Pointe at Kilpatrick, Bones and Brains Seminar at The Pointe, 2014

Outcome

The outcome of this seminar will be to improve the knowledge about this terrible disease and hopefully help people understand that this disease is not a death sentence.  There are ways to manage this disease and still have a high quality of life after being diagnoses.  One of the keys to maintaining a high quality of life is understanding the different stages.

Timeline

10/3-10/17

Meet with management and discuss a time and date to host the seminar

10/17-End of semester

Gather my information on topic, create pamphlets, and perform the seminar!

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Interview with Julie Fagan, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Nursing at Plymouth State

Cappi Thompson, Plymouth State University campus in Plymouth, NH, 2016

When trying to decide on a professor to interview for class only one former professor came to mind, Julie Fagan.  Julie was the professor of my first clinical rotation back in my junior year during my time in the nursing program.  I had a fantastic experience with her and I was able to learn a lot from her.  The following fall semester she taught both the Pediatric/Maternity class and did the maternity clinical rotation with us.  Maternity was definitely one area where I didn’t have the most confidence but Julie helped my through the rotation and by the end I was at a point where I was comfortable being on an OB unit.  Throughout my time in the nursing program Julie was always there to help not only myself but anyone else who needed it and I am very grateful for this opportunity to find out more about her other work.

I started out the interview by asking Julie, “What do you teach?”  She stated, “I teach in the nursing program, and I would say that I teach across the curriculum meaning fundamentals, pediatrics and maternal newborn care, and informatics and quality improvement.  For clinicals I teach psych, pediatrics, OB, and fundamentals.”  As one can see Julie knows how to stay busy by teaching an array of classes.

The second question I asked was “What did you study in college/grad school?” I was surprised to find out that her first undergraduate degree was in interdisciplinary experiential learning from The Evergreen State College where she studied everything from environmental studies to creative writing to history.  From there she went to nursing school and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in nursing and went on to get her Master’s degree in nursing education.

For my next question I asked her, “What are you currently working on?” to which she responded, “I am currently working toward my doctorate in education.  Right now, I am taking CAGS classes, which are advanced graduate courses.  I plan to apply to the doctorate in education program here at PSU which would be four summers starting this next summer.”

Next I asked Julie, “How do you work with scholars outside of your field?” She responded by saying, “Unfortunately I don’t get to work with a lot of scholars outside of my field which is too bad.  I do have one small collaborative project this year where I bring students over to the center for young children and families.  So, I bring nursing students there for the experience of working with children between the ages of 13 months to 5 years just to understand developmental differences.  We also have another cluster project with the HHP program, it’s one thing I look forward to with the cluster initiative here on campus being able to have more interdisciplinary projects and classes going.   I find that it would really add to student and faculty experiences.”

My next question for Julie was, “How do you work with non-academics in your professional life?”  She talked about when she brings her students to different clinical facilities and works with nurses who are not currently enrolled in any academic program or classes.  Those staff members work at the facility doing patient care while she is there as a clinical instructor.  She talks about the staff bringing the hands on experience to the table while the students and herself bring more of the academic piece.  It brings together current practice, best practice and traditional practice which are good discussions to have with students.

For my sixth question I asked, “Do you partake in any interdisciplinary work currently?” She responded by saying, “the crossover between what I teach and what I study, taking the advanced graduate classes there is a lot of interdisciplinary work and I find for the papers that I need to write and the research topics that I need to choose I am usually bringing in a healthcare related or academic nursing focus on that work.

Another question that I asked Julie was, “Do you believe that interdisciplinary courses should be taught at all colleges?” she replied with “Yes, having my first undergraduate degree be completely interdisciplinary was a fantastic way to learn.  I think what it does is that it takes students minds out of this compartmentalized way of looking at any subject and it promotes thinking about how different disciplines are related. For example; history and nursing, communication and administration, or social justice and ethics.  That’s what you can get with an interdisciplinary approach.”

The last question I asked Julie was, “What do you think the benefits are of having an interdisciplinary major?” she responded by saying “I think that it develops a way of thinking that is much more holistic and inclusive and opens people’s minds to ideas that they never would have thought about if they only thought about the subject that they were studying.  It broadens every subject that is included in the interdisciplinary approach.  It just keeps people curious about the world.  Learning should never stop.”

I was very surprised to find out that Julie’s first undergraduate degree was in interdisciplinary studies.  She was very knowledgeable about the major and I was able to improve my understanding of the major while I’m still new to it.  I had an awesome time interviewing Julie who is always happy to share her thoughts and wisdom with others.  She will be a fantastic person to be able to bounce ideas off of as this semester continues.

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One more capstone

In the past I have done a few different capstone projects, four to be exact.  Out of those four I have only really been interested in two of them.  The other two were more or less assigned and which were more of a force for me to complete and neither maintained my interest.  I have a few ideas for this capstone that really interest me which will help motivate me and push me further into my field of healthcare.

  1. What are some ways to reduce the psychological symptoms associated with the early stages of Alzheimer’s?
  2. What are some psychological effects of working in healthcare?
  3. Which direction is healthcare trending?
  4. How one’s psychological composition across their lifespan could affect the future of how they live?
  5. How technology is shaping the future of healthcare?

 

My first question is interesting because at this time our elderly population is growing at an alarming rate.  This isn’t something that has happened overnight, it is something that we have known is coming.  With an increased elderly population, we will see more of the Alzheimer’s disease and we need to find a way to slow down the progression of the disease.  One major challenge is that there is currently no cure to the Alzheimer’s disease.  Slowing of the progression of this disease mostly lies in being proactive and recognizing early symptoms. Health and psychology

My second question focuses on healthcare workers.  Some people may not realize that healthcare is an around the clock duty and that night shifts do not do good things for a person’s health.  Healthcare workers take a heavy hit when it comes to their own wellbeing.  It is always being said that nurses make the worst patients.  The psychological effects of being a healthcare worker are well documented but a challenge will be going through all the research being done and finding relevant information in regards to my research question. Healthcare and psychology

My third question is focused toward healthcare and where it is going.  At this time the healthcare situation is a mess.  There are many different healthcare reforms going on in our country that will continue to affect everyone no matter their social class.  The tough part with this topic is that there is so much happening currently in healthcare that everything could change in a week, but that is also the part that makes it so interesting. Healthcare and government

My fourth topic is interesting because of the type of elderly population that I deal with and understanding their past and where they came from.  Everyone’s past is different which affects how they will live their lives in the future.  Comparing and contrasting people’s lives and experiences and how they live their lives in the elderly stages can maybe help with figuring a better way of caring for these patients.  One major challenge is that sometimes people don’t want to talk about their pasts or don’t have the best memories regarding their pasts. Healthcare and psychology

My last question focuses on how technology affects healthcare and the future of healthcare in that regard.  As the world continues to change and technology advances we see the healthcare field changing and improving with its new technology.  With the population continuing to expand we may see the incorporation of technology more and more.  A challenge for this may include that the healthcare industry is so large and that new technology is being integrated every day that how would I keep up with all the new information. Healthcare and technology

For the applied project, I think since my field is mostly healthcare one of the best things I can do for the community is to do teaching sessions and maybe workshops with those around my community.

  1. Working with the elderly population to improve their memory.
  2. Teaching the community about recognizing the early stages of dementia/Alzheimers.
  3. Teaching community about slowing the progression of the symptoms of dementia.
  4. Detailed journal about how Alzheimer’s can affect elderly people differently.
  5. Family teaching in regards to dealing with the different stages of Alzheimer’s and how it affects everyone differently.

My first idea would be working to improve the memory of some elderly folks.  This would be good to try to slow the progression of dementia.  One challenge would be finding participants to would like to participant in this activity.

My second idea would allow me to work with my community to allow them to get a better idea of what dementia looks like and how to recognize it within their loved ones.  A challenge with this would also have to do with getting enough participants.

My third idea centers around teaching that same group about ways to slow the progression dementia before symptoms start to appear, so maybe working with a population that is a little bit younger. The people here would be finding people how have the time to take part in these teachings.

My fourth idea which I like a lot is documenting about the journey of Alzheimer’s and how it effects on a day to day scale.  One problem here would be getting permission to document about these people affected by Alzheimer’s but that may be able to be worked out.

My final idea would be working with families who have loved ones who are suffering from Alzheimer’s and guiding them through dealing with this disease.  A problem here could be that some families may find it intrusive and rude of someone to try to guide how they cope with stressful situations.

 

For my research article, I really think that my second question, what are some psychological effects of working in healthcare, would be a very interesting to do research on.  And for my applied project I like the idea of documenting and comparing the journey of Alzheimer’s of two different individuals.

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