Sunday, February 10, 2013
Hey PG Youth out there. It's been a long time since I've updated this blog and for good reason. I have been out of town for school the last year, and just recently started my clerkship in medical school. The workforce is way different than school, and its the perfect opportunity to reflect on your own values, self-identity and what you stand for. If there is anything I learned in the last month, it's that being present in the current moment is so important. Presence of mind in what you are doing is not something that we think about often, but I have seen the disastrous effects of what can happen when you allow your mind to wander and daydream while you're supposed to be doing your job.
The medical field is very unique. Every nurse, doctor, therapist etc. are tasked with the job to help people who are feeling sick heal and get better. You would think the hospital is the perfect place for this to happen. But behind the scenes, the healthcare system is struggling to keep up without the increasing loads of patients. Docs and nurses are overworked, while they juggle the many responsibilities on their shoulders of not only helping heal people, but of allocating resources to be fair and just to everyone. The pressures and burden can sometimes be to much for some people and the mind can wander and this is where trouble starts. You see its not the disease that kills sometimes it the mistakes and errors of our healthcare system made when were not conscious and aware of our actions. When are mind is doing its one thing and our body, our hand that we write prescriptions with is doing another.