After day 2, I have done some more reflection and I have come to understand the importance it is to communicate effectively with the patients and their families. I have thought back to times I have communicated with families and patients and how those interactions went. I feel like I can definitely improve on my listening and body language.
I have learned from today, that those involved in hospital stays or requiring care, want honest, open communication. They want to know what is going on or what happened. The families do not want to be left in the dark. While I learned how important it is to communicate effectively, I also learned how important it is to communicate my needs as a caregiver.
I can not effectively communicate and care for patients if I am not well myself. I learned that there are a bunch of resources to help me and that I should be a driving factor in letting others know that it is okay to reach out for help.