Title: Clinical experience journal on end of life illness and depression
Clinical experience journal on end of life illness and depression
The journal should address the following questions:
1. What was your specific learning objective for this unit’s clinical experience?
2. How did you meet this objective?
3. What parts of the objective (if any) are still not met?
4. What was the most rewarding experience in your clinical this unit?
5. What was the most difficult experience in your clinical this unit?
6. What would have done differently (from your preceptor or the way you handled the situation) for either of these experiences?
Clinical Experience journal: End of Life Illness and Depression
Q1. Grief is a common aspect in persons suffering from terminal illness and facing the last stages of their lives. It can, however, advance into depression and cause the patients more harm (Block, 2014). In other words, depression is a serious mood disorder that, often, results into a persistent feeling of anxiety and sadness, and can have adverse effects on the physical and mental health of patients if not properly managed (Post, 2013). In this regard, I had an opportunity to take care of an end of life and depression patient during my clinical experience. My main objective was to evaluate the patient and her family health needs in order to come up with appropriate strategies to address them.
Meeting the Objective
Q2. T.M was a terminally ill middle-aged woman, at the last stages of her life following a long battle with breast cancer. She had also been diagnosed with depression and had shown signs of anxiety, moodiness, and reduced interest in activities she once enjoyed. In this regard, I prescribed her with anti-depressants and recommended her to join a support help group, where she could get a chance to relate and share experiences with other terminally ill patients. Moreover, I used educational materials and strategies to educate the patient and her family on how to cope with the ailment.
Q3. I managed to achieve all my learning objectives.
The most Rewarding Experience
Q4. My most rewarding clinical experience for this unit was being able to identify the patient’s needs and educating her and her family members on how to manage the medical condition.
The Most Difficult Experience
Q5. My most difficult experience during this scenario was seeing the patient suffering due to her illness. I was, however, motivated to teach her and her family on how to treat and manage the ailment.
Q6. There were a lot of patients waiting to be assessed during this clinical experience and, therefore, I did not have enough time to educate the client extensively regarding her condition. As a result, I would take my time to counsel and enlighten her on better ways to cope with her sickness, given a second chance.
Block, S. D. (2014). Assessing and managing depression in the terminally ill patient. Annals of internal medicine, 132(3), 209-218.
Post, F. (2013). The management and nature of depressive illnesses in late life: a follow-through study. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 121(563), 393-404.