Manual Handling: a Reflection Essay

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Three years and a few months ago, I can still recall the memories of being a nursing student, I was studying in a university wherein our professor taught us a lot of things in the field of the health care profession. One of the lessons they taught to us is about Manual Handling. When the topic was introduced to us, the first thing that came to my mind is that manual handling is all about how to lift or transfer a patient from one place to another (for example: bed to chair). But then, when my clinical instructor started the lecture, I’ve come to realized that manual handling does not only mean carrying, lifting, or transferring a patient from place to place. It also involves carrying, lifting or transferring loads. Loads are grouped …show more content…
When I looked at it, it looks like that it would be difficult to handle or use it to our patients. But when our instructor here in Northbrook college, it’s not really difficult at all. We just have to read the labels first if that hoist was checked by the people if its safe to use or if it is damaged and cannot be used already.
It may be uncomfortable to the patients who were using the hoist. So we have to reassure them that they will safe and that the hoist will help them stand up while we do their nursing care to them like giving a wash or a bath or changing pads to those people who needs assistance in standing well. Caring for people is a fulfilling thing to do. But it is not an easy job. It entails a lot of hardwork, determination and patience in providing bedside care or in assisting them with their activities of daily living most specially to the older people since you have to be very careful in caring for them because they are too fragile and they can get pain easily. Having this training is very helpful to me as a care assistant because it has taught me how to care for patients and transfer them to a certain place like in the wheelchair safely. I have to be certain in everything that I do that I will be able to provide safety and comfort to them. The technologies being used here in the health care environment is not the same with the technologies or instruments that we have been using in my country. You can rarely see a hoist in my country.