"Hospital Evening" and "Monday" by Gwen Harwood are two poems that explore the hardship of immigrants in Australia. Written in the late 20th century after the "White Australia Policy" was abolished and thousands of immigrants landed on Australian shores, the poems revolve around Krote, a German music teacher, who has migrated to Australia and his struggles with racism and the harshness of the Australian environment. The poems negative construction of Australian people acts as a critique of the Australian stereotype of being laid-back and friendly and brings to light the harshness of the environment and the xenophobia which was instilled in Australian culture at the time. This is done so through the juxtapositioning of the settings of Australia and Germany, the negative representations of Australian people and the perception of Krote by Australian people.
The contrasting settings of Australia and Germany from Krotes perspective invert the idea of Australia being a more ideal environment than Germany in young Australian readers. As a young Australian I have always associated Germany with harsh coldness and long periods of darkness and Australia with sunshine and warmth. In "Hospital Evening" Germany is represented as positive and calm with images of "stiff trees" that "glitter in silence" and "soft-fallen snow". These images of pristine nature and white snow represent Germany as peaceful and alliteration of ’s’ sounds create a soothing feeling within readers. In both poems Australia is represented as a harsh and negative environment with "the blaze of evening burning through curtains like a firelight ghost" and bad food and bad people. The recurring image of heat and fire work to represent Australia as harsh and destructive and the use of harsh sounds like 'b' and 't' help to create a harsh and sharp connotation of Australia. In "Hostpital Evening" Krote is feed vegemite which he hates and mistreated and "dreams of snow". Vegemite is a very strong...
...hernia operation in Shouldice, can return their normal daily lives much before the other patients that had experienced the similar operation at other hospitals. And the recurrence rate for all operations performed at Shouldice is about 0.
The Unique Selling Point of the Hospital
“There is No Substitute for Experience”. Shouldice Hospital has been dedicated to the repair of hernias for over 55 years. The trained team of ShouldiceHospital surgeons have repaired more than 300,000 hernias with a greater than 99% success rate.
Surgeons at Shouldice Hospital have a virtual 100% success rate performing primary inguinal indirect hernia repairs. Shouldice Hospital has offered its Medical Guarantee for more than 55 years.
Shouldice’s strategic service concept
The patients at the Shouldice center take some of care of themselves. In Shouldice, all the patients were encouraged to walk up and down the halls and to get in dialog with the other patients and the surgeons. In thought of encouraging the patients, the steps between the floors are constructed with a smooth inclination, there are not TV’s at the bedrooms and the rooms were designed as if it were a home instead of a hospital. Every square foot of facility is carpeted to reduce the hospital feeling and the possibility of a fall.
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Middlefield Hospital |
Melissa Dixon |
Middlefield Hospital is a 450 bed tertiary care facility in a major urban area in the Northeast. The hospital is an integrated health system that provides the fill array of inpatient and outpatient services. The Hospital has a reputation for quality care in the area.
The Hospital’s turnover rate exceeds 20% and there are over 100 nursing vacancies. Factors that may contribute to the turnover is that a new hospital has recently opened in our market area that has produced competition for Middlefield, employee morale has deteriorated over the past 12 months, and Essex University is considering eliminating its nursing degree program because of the difficulty recruiting quality instructors.
In order for Middlefield to strive and serve our patients with quality care and motivate our staff to stay employed with us long-term, we must change our operational strategy. First and foremost, we must invest in our employees. We have to offer our employees incentives and motivate them to stay and grow within our organization. Next, we must improve our community relations and form an alliance with Essex University to ensure the pipeline of new recruits continues to come through our doors for careers in nursing and other healthcare fields. And last but...
Religious beliefs and practices are an important aspect in many of the patients’ lives who are seeking medical care and the proper treatment in medical institutions all over. This has been a challenge for many physicians and medical professionals because their training consists primarily on dealing with and treating different types of diseases and diagnoses (McCormick,1998). Another issue that has been surrounding this topic is the privacy of the patients which medical professionals are concerned not to impose on. Doctor patient confidentiality is something that is common and a phrase that has been used widely for some time now. This is something most of us have heard of and are quite comfortable with because we like to keep our information such as medical history private. Confidentiality is an issue that falls under the ethics of our medical professionals and it is more of a requirement that each doctor has to swear by. Crossing the line with patients is not something doctors want to do and are not comfortable being a part of. This comes to question when we talk about the many religious practices and beliefs that are out there and how to incorporate it into the medical field to give people a choice and provide the proper medical care at the same time. Although being a sensitive subject it is not unheard of since there are hospitals and different types of medical institutions that have found a way to provide both without...
Healing Hospital: A Daring Paradigm
Healing Hospital: A Daring Paradigm
The healthcare industry is an environment that is constantly going through changes. With new advancements in technology, newly discovered diseases, drug protocols, and the never ending revolving door of ill patients hospitals are always looking for ways to improve the care provided to individuals. In past years the industry has moved away from bedside care to machines that can do most of the monitors, electronic medical records, and robotic simulations that can perform small surgeries. Though these inventions are efficient and useful to healthcare professionals, that direct patient care has been somewhat ‘lost’. Recently, research has demonstrated that healthcare organizations with a healing type of environment is much more beneficial to patients and their support system. In this paper the author will discuss the concept of a healing hospital/environment, how technology can interfere with this concept, and the necessary design a hospital will need in order to provide a holistic approach with an emphasis on spirituality.
A Healing Hospital
When building a new hospital organization many factors come into play. Construction of the hospital as well as location, size, and cost all affect the end result. More important than the structure itself is what will go on inside, what services...
February 27, 2013
If someone were very sick or injured in some way, a good place to take him or her would be the hospital. Hospitals help people and save lives. Everyone knows that hospitals save lives and want to help people. They’ve been around forever. Some of the earliest documented institutions that were aiming to provide cures and help date back to the Egyptian temples.Hospitals are supposed to be clean and safe, but inspections of hospitals don’t even measure cleanliness. There is so much that is overlooked when it comes to a clean hospital. We all think hospitals are clean and safe, but they aren’t always what we perceive them to be.
When it comes to food, and how your food is supposed to be prepared and stored, there is a ton of codes, inspections, and rules that Restaurants and food places have to follow. You would think when it comes to being clean; Hospitals would be at the top of the list. The weird thing is that hospitals are exempt, even there operating rooms aren’t inspected for cleanliness. The Joint Commission, which inspects and accredits U.S. Hospitals doesn’t even measure for cleanliness. Neither does most state health departments, and the federal centers for disease control and prevention. Data presented a couple of years ago at the annual...
...The healing hospital paradigm emphasizes the eradication of stress and other health risks in the healthcare environment for patients and visitors. The factors that influence these health risks are inherent to the setting of the hospital, not the illnesses being treated. For instance, patients become stressed because of painful therapeutic procedures, lack of social life, deterioration of financial status because of healthcare expenditures, etc. In order to guarantee that the patient's well being is maintained, the amount of stress must be curtailed. Additionally, the all-inclusive care and attention components of the paradigm guarantees that the patient's recovery process are utilized to the zenith without infringing upon their dignity and privacy. Instead of just simply curing the disease, the healing hospital paradigm incorporates the healing of the whole patient (Young & Koopsen, 2006). This is served from the paradigm's focus on healing beyond the physical body. It intends to improve the overall welfare of the individual by not only addressing the patient's cognitive, emotional, and spiritual concerns, but also those of the family's (Milstein, 2005).
In order to develop a healing environment, certain barrier must be overcome within the context of the hospital setting. This paper will analyze the healing hospital paradigm, recognize its significance in care giving method, portray its aspects, and...
...Healing Hospital: A Daring Paradigm
At a conference in 2012, Health Affairs Editor-in Chief Susan Dentzer affirmed, “It is well established now that one can in fact improve the quality of health care and reduce the costs at the same time” (Rickert, 2012). This is the principal concept of “patient centered care”. Health-care providers practicing patient centered care enhance not only patients’ medical outcomes, but increase patient satisfaction rates and improve the quality of the provider-patient relationship. Patient centered care also reduces the use of diagnostic testing, prescription drugs, hospitalizations, and referrals (Rickert, 2012) which is critical in the wake of rising health care costs and reform. By utilizing a different set of skills and behaviors, health-care providers can improve patient relationships, and promote a more holistic approach to quality cost effective patient care. Currently, several hospitals are moving toward this care model. They are known as Healing Hospitals. The Healing Hospital concept promotes healing patients through a comprehensive approach, meeting the patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. As a nurse, working in a Healing Hospital may possibly influence the philosophy of their caregiving in a positive manner. Working in this type of healing culture may rekindle their passion for nursing by providing loving, compassionate care to...