Secondly, grades motivate students because they serve as an objective measurement of our knowledge. Grades are assigned in a systematic way and they clearly demonstrate which students in a class are the best and brightest. As a result, in classes where grades are given, students will strive to succeed so that they can set themselves apart from their peers. For example, in my freshman year I took a “pass/fail” course in literature. Since only a moderate amount of effort was required to pass the class, I completed my assignments and presentations with only a slight amount of care and effort. In contrast, when I took a graded class on the same subject in my junior year I spent hours in the library researching my papers so that I could show my professors that I was intellectually superior to my classmates. This may appear somewhat shallow, but in today’s competitive academic environment it is absolutely necessary for students to distinguish themselves. This demonstrates another way in which grades motivate students to excel.
I think nursing not only includes taking care of patients and helping out the doctors. I believe that there is some art to nursing as well, other than all the education and science involved of course. I believe that that caring is the essence of nursing, and that it should be viewed by the nurses as their moral ideal of preserving human dignity. This is to be done by helping the patients in finding some deeper meaning to their illnesses and suffering so that they are able to understand themselves better and are able to restore and promote their personal harmony and balance between the mind, body, and soul. Thus, I believe that nurses have to be consciously engaged in caring for the patients if they are to connect and establish relationships that work to promote their health and healing.
a. On your hospital rotation, you are to care for a 62-year old female who had just had a bowl resection. Describe the steps you take when you first meet the patient and how you will administer care over the next 72 hours. Identify your chief priorities, how you will meet them, and which variables may cause you to alter your course of action and why.
b. While at work at the hospital, you notice a fellow nurse taking narcotics from storage and placing it in his or her pocket. Describe what action you would take, step by step, and why.