In the busy life of a medical professional, it can be challenging to find time to meet people and develop relationships. Especially in the earlier years of your career, much of your time is spent with others in the healthcare industry so it is only natural that you may begin dating another medical professional. This can be an ideal situation for some, but there are some things you should know before moving into a dating relationship with another medical professional. Continue reading “Things You Need to Know About Dating Another Medical Professional”
Occupational therapists that are based in schools have some unique challenges to overcome when working with new students. It can sometimes be difficult to gain the trust of children who aren’t familiar with you and until you do, they may not see the results that you are hoping to achieve. With a little work, you can overcome trust issues and break down barriers that are preventing positive performance and progress. Continue reading “4 Ways to Develop Trust as a School-Based Occupational Therapist”
Perhaps more so than any other healthcare job, working in nursing affords you the opportunity to have emotional experiences that will stick with you – forever. Whether it’s making a special connection with a patient or sharing an inspiring moment with a mentor or colleague, just about every nurse has that one special moment that defines their careers.
So… what’s yours? That’s right! After an inexplicable year off (sorry about that), My Special Nursing Moment is back and better than ever in 2018. In honor of National Nurses Week, share your sure to be inspiring special nursing moment in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win $100 Visa gift card!
How do we know your stories will tug at our heart strings? Because if past years’ My Special Nursing Moment contests have taught us anything, you’ll need your tissues ready as you browse the comments. See below for a few tearjerkers from years past, and don’t forget to celebrate National Nurses Week the only way it should be celebrated: by being the awesome nurses you are.
“The time that sticks with me the most is when we got a homeless gentleman in with frostbite. He was a veteran and was having a hard time getting situated in life. He stated that the small bag of clothes with one pair of socks, jeans with holes, and a couple shirts was all he had. We all pitched in and the nurses on our floor ended up getting him a couple suitcases full of new clothes and some warm winter clothes as well. We got him shaved and showered. In his new clothes he looked like a new man. He was very grateful for everything we did for him. The look on his face when he woke up and found the clothes was priceless.” – Chasalee
“I am an OB nurse. A patient came into the office in preterm labor. We told her not to push. The hospital was right across the street. She pushed anyway. We delivered the little preterm baby in the hallway of our office, while her family went to pull the car around… It has been about six years now. I see the family from time to time. When I see the little boy, I thank God that I was able to be part of his exciting birth. I am even more thankful that he and mom did well and are both healthy at this point.” – Temisha W.
“I was starting my shift and one of my patients was a 15-year old girl who had new diagnosis of MS. She couldn’t see and was bored. After rounds were done, I went into her room and she was sitting in the dark… She had tears rolling down her face. She told me that she didn’t know what or why this had happened to her but that she would beat it, but she was scared. We talked for the longest time and she left a BIG impact on my heart! It changed the way I looked at my patients. I saw her a few months ago and she squealed and hugged me when she saw me she told me that she had planned to commit suicide until that night. Now she is in her second year of college and is in remission and doing well.” – Kelly O.
“I was the administrator of an HH office and received a referral from an MD for wound care to a gentleman. Pretty common type referral, right? Wrong. When I sent the nurse, she found an 80-year old man living in a smoke shed with no running water and 30 cats and 1 dog living there with him, he knew the number as my nurse could not count them all… The first visit he told me he had lost his wife many years ago and could not live in the house where they were together so many years and found this abandoned shed where he stayed. I cleaned his wounds and dressed them and when leaving he followed me outside. I hugged his neck and told him I would be back tomorrow and thanked him for allowing me to come. A tear began to run down his cheek. I knew he had not been hugged for many tears, since his precious wife had passed away. He told me he had a gift for me, and he went and got a box of candy out of the trunk of the old car and handed it to me. I took it knowing he wanted to give something back for the love and caring he felt.” – Judy T.
“I rushed to the patient’s home to fulfill my duties as a nurse: declare the time of death, contact the funeral home etc. After spending three hours with the family of this beautiful lady… it was time to say goodbye to them. As I said goodbye and offered my condolences to the family her daughter reached out to hug me. She wept as she thanked me. She thanked me for my words and for my silence… for treating her mother with dignity, even in death. She thanked me for being a bit of light during such a difficult time. I responded by telling her that it was my pleasure to be there for her and her family and for her mother. As I drove away a huge sense of gratitude came over me… this is what I do! I AM A SERVANT!” – Melissa G.
Share your special nursing moments below for your chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.
Happy Nurses Week from all of us at Soliant!
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Autism Spectrum Disorder remains misunderstood for many of us. Like a puzzle, it takes serious evaluation and consideration to try to understand autism. Fortunately for us, there are those who dedicate their careers to helping people on the spectrum find relief in what they may sometimes perceive as a big, confusing, and scary world. People like speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, school psychologists, and special education teachers help us see the world from “their” eyes.
Today, we’re so excited to introduce you to Alexa Herbers, a Soliant SLP who plays a vital role in the Autism Program of her Colorado school district. In today’s post, Alexa talks about working with children on the Autism spectrum and how they’ve made a permanent impact on her life.
What is your personal connection to autism?
I first met someone with Autism when I was in high school. I grew up volunteering with TOPSoccer, an organization that gives people with many types of disabilities a chance to join a soccer team. In high school I was also in a club that paired typically developing students with those with developmental disorders. From then on, I’ve yet to have a season of life where I’ve not been positively impacted by people with disabilities.
As an SLP, what are the biggest struggles of dealing with a child with autism?
The biggest struggle I face working with children with Autism is consistency. Many of these kids crave consistency; whether that’s through who they interact with, daily routines, or even how their food is set up on their plate. Providing them with consistency can be tough for 24 hours of the day. I know I struggle to be in routine all the time so checking myself to make sure I’m providing students with warnings and coping strategies is essential to successful functioning for all of us.
Do you find that there is a stigma against autistic children? If so, how do you react to it?
I think the stigma has lessened over the years. I love the getting rid of the R Word movement. I still have encounters where I feel the need to educate others on their perception of the disorder. I like to explain it as that they’re just like you and I but their brain just may work a little differently. Where we may see a regular classroom, a child with autism may be seeing the bright colors and background noises. When I can tell someone that I’m angry, a child with autism may show it through actions because they’re not sure how to say it. You have to shape-shift a little and try to see the reasons rather than what’s “wrong.”
What made you decide to work with children on the spectrum?
They’re my people. I’ve been told I have a calming personality so I think that might help. But honestly I’ve just always been drawn to this population of people. You have to be creative and flexible to work with children with Autism because every single child is different-it’s a spectrum! A treatment option may work well for one kid but not for another, even though they may have the same deficit. It keeps you on your toes! Plus they’re just so much fun.
What do you think are the most important qualities of a person who decides to work with children on the spectrum?
Patient, flexible, knowledgeable, loving, and willing to work with others… a lot. Your team is going to be big when you work with kids with Autism!
What advice would you give to parents who find out their children are autistic?
Breathe. Find a support group of parents of children with Autism. It’s not always an easy road so having a support team is huge. Relating to other families will give you confidence, new ideas, and a time to laugh about the major mishaps. Also don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Are you seeing the support system grow for children with autism? If so, how?
Definitely! I am so fortunate to work in a school where Autism is accepted by the majority. In a low-income area ,it’s amazing to see all the students treat each other the same way (positively). Students and teachers are always willing to lend a hand, have students join different groups, and really want to learn about the disorder as a whole. There’s a ways to go still but it’s amazing to see the little steps being made at the ground level.
Alexa is featured in our special education report, Serving Children With Autism: School Staffing Challenges. Check it out here!
Are you a special education professional who’s ready to make a difference in our schools? See our current openings here.
With so much controversy and drama surrounding medical care and insurance in the United States, patients are looking for new ways to get the care that they want without feeling like a victim of the medicine machine that seems to have taken over. Patients and physicians alike can find ways to benefit from the more personal relationship and clear fee structure that concierge medicine offers. For many, the move to a concierge medicine practice is just the solution that they have been searching for, giving them a stronger relationship between physician and patient and allowing for the better quality of care that most wish for. Continue reading “Concierge Medicine: Is It Right for Your Practice?”
In the last five years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the need for school-based healthcare professionals. In our latest report, we dive further into these trends and explain how they’re helping students with autism get better care in schools all across America. Read it here: Report – Serving Children with Autism
If you’re a healthcare professional working in schools, what challenges do you see in your own classroom? Share by commenting below!