Running Head: What I Learned in College 1 What I Learned in College:Personal BSN Reflection Journal Desiree Ferwalt NUR 4953
Running Head: What I Learned in College 2 This is my NUR 4953 journal for the BSN program to reflect on what all I learned in thiscourse for this semester. With it I was able to reflect on my learning experiences in this coursethrough my personal, spiritual, and professional growth. There are many different methods to meet the spiritual needs of victims of disaster. Oneof the most important things we as nurses to help a person in need is we can just be there for theperson, whether it is someone for them to talk to, or just someone to hold their hand and be aphysical presence of support. Many times people especially those who have just survived adisaster just need to know that they are not alone in the world and that there is at least one stableperson to rely on. Sometimes the only way to support a person is to let that person know that youare there if they need you since many times they are not ready to share right after a disaster.Another way we can help out the survivors of a disaster with their spiritual needs is getting incontact with their spiritual advisor whether it is their pastor, rabbi, priest or some one else whocan take care of their spiritual needs. With certain spiritual cultures there are certain needs that asnurses we can not do so that is where their spiritual advisor can help them. We can also put themin contact with their family members. Families often get separated during disaster and this canadd enormous amount of stress. A person can cope better with a disaster when they know theirfamilies are safe. One of the final methods we as nurses can do for disaster survivors is to keeprecords of who we have in our care. If we can do this the victim’s families and friends will beable to find them and know that they are safe. In this way we can affect the several livesbeneficially by giving them the piece of mind of not wondering if their loved ones are still outthere. The roles of faith-based institutions such as churches or synagogues play in meeting theneeds of disaster victims can be vast and varying. One major role they can play is a place where
Running Head: What I Learned in College 3separated families can meet up. As stated in the paragraph above sometimes during a disaster forwhatever reason families can not stay together. This makes faith- based institutions an excellentplace to be a meeting point. Without a meeting point it can cause families be separated for longperiods of time and this can lead to long term spiritual damage to a person because they don’thave their support group. Many times the faith-based institutions are a central base to shelterduring times of disaster. They usually can offer warm bed and a hot meal and spiritual support tothose in need. These buildings of worship can also store and run emergency supplies. Thereasoning behind this is because as stated before these churches are a focal place to meet.Another reason could simply be that sometimes these are the only safe and clean areas to keepand disperse these items of need. One of the most obvious roles that churches, synagogues, ect.are to give spiritual advise when a person is in spiritual distress. Many times during naturaldisaster people find that their faith is shaken wondering how their higher power could dosomething so horrible as to allow the disaster to happen.The first thing I learned in this course was about the other students and the situations thatbrought them to take this class. I now know in an emergency where my family will meet up. Ilearned what our procedures at work are both off-site and on-site procedures. I also learned whatmy role would be in an emergency situation at work. I also prepared a emergency kit during thiscourse. I found information on National Response Plan and the American Red Cross. I alsolearned from other educational projects while evaluating others projects. I learned manychallenges that go into disaster planning. I also learned the roles of the mass media in disastermanagement. There are many chemical or biological agents that can be used during disaster. Ifeel that this course was able to prepare me personally and professionally in the event of adisaster.
Running Head: What I Learned in College 4 NUR 4953 journal for the BSN program to reflect through my personal, spiritual, andprofessional growth.