November 2011

Urinary Tract Infection Test Kit

by Anna Katharina on November 8, 2011

in Health Concerns,Keeping Fit,Nurse Quad

UTI Home Screening Test Kit

For those men and women who are prone to UTI, a screening test kit is available for home use. It is fast and easy to use for a qualitative detection of urinary tract infection before any signs of pain or discomfort upon urination manifest.

I bought the UTI test kit at Watson’s and it costs 150 pesos. It contains 3 test strips, a product insert containing instructions on how to use the kit with general information about UTI and a color chart pad.

The best time to test UTI is to use the first morning urine specimen. Clean the genital area and wash your hands. One can urinate directly to the test strips but it has to be midstream urine, meaning urine that is passed in the middle part during the act of urinating. Follow the steps mentioned in the product insert.

If your results are abnormal make sure your doctor knows about this, because complications can happen such as infection of the kidney, bladder and urethra.

My Life as a Teacher Part II

by Anna Katharina on November 2, 2011

in Journal,Nurse Quad,School

Twice a week, I go out of the classroom to be with my students in their Related Learning Experience (RLE) or clinical practice. Their RLE is conducted in a health care facility such as a hospital or a health center. Second year (Level II) nursing students are required to spent at least 306 hours in a semester to complete their RLE. Here, my students act like real nurses to hone their skills, apply their knowledge learned inside the classroom. Skills are put  into practice plus they have to follow the right attitude of being a nurse.

The basic skill that I teach them is how to communicate with clients and experience on how to establish a constructive nurse-client relationship. Armed with the knowledge of communication techniques, they have to collect data from clients as a primary step in the nursing process. The approach is always to utilize the nursing process in caring for clients across the lifespan.

Simple skills such as proper identification of clients, vital signs, documentation, taking the nursing health history with emphasis on the Gordon’s Health Patterns, performing physical assessment are more than enough to get them busy.

One hour is also spent in the discussion of the overall experience of the day, their insights and reflection on the nursing interventions they have performed. The final documentation of their activity is then written as their nursing care plan.

Each student has his or her own personality. I have to blend with them not to adhere to their own wishes but as an approach in motivating them to develop a friendly and caring attitude to their clients. And the most salable way is that they learn a new skill or acquired knowledge on that RLE duty day.