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Assualtive Behavior, Chapliancy Training, Tests… October 15, 2004

Posted by danucube in chaplaincy, Nursing, Prenursing, self-defense, Volunteer.

It has been a busy week…

First the good news, I finished the first big Anatomy & Physiology lecture test. I think I did good on it (we'll see how I really do next Monday). I finished the test in about 35 minutes and the prof let us have about 90 minutes to finish the test, and so I feel pretty good.

In terms of confidence, this is important for me since I need to do good early in the beginning because if I don't, I'll be in trouble as the course will get harder as we proceed. I am just so glad that God has provided me a really really good professor who is very good at explaining things.

I am just so facinated by our anatomy and physiology and how they relate to each other. I am constantly amazed at the intricute design of our body as I am now slowly getting into the details of it. I am amazed at how all the different things has to work just right, or else we get into trouble.

In the middle of the week, I took a 4 hour class on managing assualtive behaviors at the hospital where I do my volunteer chapliancy. Very interesting as we go through the cycle of violent behaviors and all kinds of stuff. We even practice a "take down" when everything fails. The "take down" involve a team approach where everyone has a very specific role. The key thing to the "take down" is safety – safety for the patient and safety for all the staff. Even the "straps" they use are different. It is velcro instead of the old days where they use leather (cuts off circulation, takes forever to secure, just plain bad for the patient). The velcro will restrain the violent patient, but at the same time give the patient the ability to move enough without hurting him/herself.

According to the statistics, most violent behavior turns out it is around the evening shifts, not night or morning shift. Especially around September for some reason.

The "take down" occurs rarely as in most cases, it is de-escalated verbally. Or the next level is that they can be de-escalated by a show of numbers where lots of staff just showed up and the sheer number will difuse the potential violent situation. But when it does occur, it has to be done right because you have the safety of patient at sake here. It is really an last resort kind of thing where if you don't do it, the patient will ended up hurting him/herself or/and others.

As for the chaplaincy triaing I had today, we went to the intense critical unity. Heard about different stories being told by patients and their families. Praying for about 1/2 the patients again. So far, all my mentors pray not only for the patients and their families, but also pray for the staff. One patient asked us to pray, but do it outside his room, not with him. When we finished the visit, my mentor and I went outside and prayed privatly for the patient as he requested.

Got 2 more hours to go in terms of mentor training…



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