I created a resource list for college students about resources to help with the impacts of the COVID-19. The list includes technology, financial assistance, mental health and stress management; health care, and other resources.
I completed mandated reported training for adult abuse and received a certificate of completion.
Today I completed a self guided tour before beginning my volunteer hours. I was instructed to visit only a few of the many unit located in UAB Hospital. Also, I had to have a least one take away from each unit I visited. The nurses within the units were professional, friendly, and provided me with a wealth of information. The self guided tour allowed me to familiar myself with UAB Hospital.
I reported to the ABTX (Abdominal Transplant) unit with my reading materials and was assigned to patients by the unit secretary. While in the patients’ room I read poems and offered words of encouragement to the patients. I was able to make a difference at UAB Hospital by being a genuine vessel and a smiling fame. The Healing Words Program is not just about reading books and telling jokes, but it is in place to offer the patient emotional and social support. There are several prevalent social issues in a healthcare setting. UAB’s Healing Word program help alleviate emotional disturbances while receiving care. Many transplant patients face several problems after their transplant surgeries. They many encounter physical problems, including infection, rejection, and other long-term complications. In addition, several transplant patients encounter psychological problems such as depression, low self-esteem, and other social stresses. While volunteering in the ABTX unit, I was able to offer patients support and enhance the quality of their care. My experience volunteering with UAB’s Healing Words is a lot different than I expected. I didn’t expect the patients to be as receiving to me as they are. I had the pleasure of speaking with a patient who has a lot of social stressors going on outside the hospital. Our racial cultures were quite diverse, yet, we connected on many different levels.I like building therapeutic relationship with the patients. ! I’ve learned a lot about the kidney’s function, as well as kidney transplants and the complications that come with it. I realized that I often took my good health for granted. This volunteer experience allowed me to demonstrate the knowledge and skills of ethical and professional generalist social work practice in a real learning environment. Also, I can use self-regulations to manage my personal values, while maintaining professionalism. while volunteering. Already, the Healing Words Program has shown me the importance of being a good listener. Active listening skills makes the patient feel respected, valued, and supported. I can apply this learning experience in the future while practicing social work. Professional social work values and genuine care help influence a positive interpretation of a patient’s needs. Social workers must seek to understand and ultimately respect the cultural differences, values, and beliefs of others. Social workers are important in a healthcare setting because they can offer emotional and social support to the patients, caregivers, family and visitors. Also, social workers are ale to contribute their knowledge of cultural. Cultural competency serves to treat other with value and respect. Finally, to support the NASW Code of Ethics, my service-learning experience allows me to develop self-awareness. Development of self-awareness occurs when social workers acknowledge their own identity and realize how their identity has on their understanding of others. In the future, I will be required to complete tasks before employment, provide support and empathy to healing individuals, and apply the code of ethics, while practicing social work.
UABs Healing Words Service Learning Orientation