The concepts learned during the pathophysiology course will help me develop treatment opportunities. The profound knowledge of different diseases’ implications and details can help to reduce the global negative impact on the patients’ health. It is essential for the nurses to differentiate the early symptoms of various diseases to provide high-quality in-time treatment. Moreover, the program allowed me to develop scientific exploration skills. The learned concepts contribute to the development in the following spheres: minimizing medication errors, ensuring patient safety and advocacy, and identifying medical research opportunities and needs.
The course allowed me to discover pathophysiology from a new perspective. The profound theoretical knowledge about the different diseases’ peculiarities, symptoms, and risk factors has significantly broadened my understanding of pathophysiology (Dixon-Woods & Lame, 2020). Moreover, it was useful to learn about the impact of specific conditions on the U.S. population and globally. Such knowledge empowers new scientific opportunities. Before the problem is solved, it requires precise examination (Dixon-Woods & Lame, 2020). Thus, in order to reduce the disease’s negative impact, various research exploring the disease itself is necessary (Dixon-Woods & Lame, 2020). The course provided a valuable theoretical foundation for me to develop health-related issues scientifically. Moreover, within the course, I have completed various tasks which required critical analysis and writing skills. This experience will help me to conduct experiments to find new healthcare possibilities.
The program touched upon almost all the aspects of body functioning, such as immune, cardiovascular, urinary tract and reproductive, and neurological systems. Moreover, there was the topic of pulmonary and gastrointestinal disorders. Thus, such diverse exploration contributes to a better understanding of physiological processes, which can reduce medication error rates. According to the statistics, the medication error issue is one of the most crucial problems in U.S. and global healthcare (Alghamdi et al., 2019). One of the possible ways to minimize medication errors is too profound nurses’ education and increase the nurses’ awareness (Alghamdi et al., 2019). From my point of view, I have gained valuable knowledge and experience through this program. As a result, greater understanding contributes to the higher quality of the treatment. The nurses’ efficient work is essential for timely diagnosing (Alghamdi et al., 2019). All the learned information will be applied carefully in practice to lower medication error rates.
Another component of the study that can be applied in practice to improve healthcare quality is communication with patients. Even though the program primarily focuses on the pharmacological and physiological details of different diseases, we have touched upon the nurses-patient contact during the discussion. A good treatment culture and profound communication channels can contribute to better treatment planning (Blackburn et al., 2020). Developing the healthcare sphere without the proper communicational approach is challenging (Blackburn et al., 2020). Thanks to the program, I formalized the strategies which I can use contacting with patients depending on the disease they are dealing with.
Therefore, the gained knowledge has contributed to a better understanding of the pathophysiology. Information is a crucial instrument in changing the healthcare system for the better. By understanding the physiological process better, nurses can minimize the health risks for patients. The healthcare system has various problems to be solved, one of which is medication errors. Only profound knowledge and experience can reduce the rates of adverse treatment outcomes. This program helped me realize the necessity of life-long learning and knowledge development. I will use the gained experience to improve health care quality, at least at the local level.
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