There have always been many difficulties in catering to the needs of Patients with Chronic Complex Health Care Needs. The rising prevalence and morbidity associated with chronic medical conditions across the world has prompted a re-evaluation of the procedures employed to manage the condition as well as exploring new training methods for educating patients to take care of themselves. This report looks at one particular disorder – asthma – and tries to evaluate a new plan of education, devised to educate patients to scientifically and effectively use the inhaler. The patient participating in this study will be referred to as Lisa in order to maintain confidentiality. But first, a glimpse into what is the state of existing patient education systems is warranted.
Healthcare institutions concerned with respiratory disorders have been in existence for many decades now. In the case of the United Kingdom, the Asthma Training Centre . . . Read More
The role of nurses within the healthcare industry has always been a pivotal one. Increasingly, nurses have started assuming greater significance in providing necessary technical assistance as well as adding a humane touch to the patients and their families. An area of particular interest is leadership in nursing mental health, as greater number of people is seeking assistance for psychiatric and psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, senility, etc. In this context, an analysis of the wide array of skills . . . Read More
The Age of Enlightenment was a period in early modern history when western societies, led by its intellectuals, made a marked shift from religion based authority to one of scientific reason. Prior to this period, the Church and the State were intricately interlinked; and the Enlightenment sought to sever states and politics from religion through the application of rational analysis based on scientific observation and facts. This movement traces its origins to the seventeenth and eighteenth century Europe. Similar undercurrents of scientific expression were seen in the New World as well, most notably from such intellectuals such as Tom Paine and other proponents of American independence. The rest of the essay will foray into the wider implications of the Enlightenment and try to capture its significance to the academia of today.
The Enlightenment has had a profound impact on the cultural evolution of Western Europe in particular and the whole of the continent in . . . Read More
The write-up named “Anti-gay Slurs Common at School”, written by Laura Sessions Stepp (Reading 34, p.267) offers another perspective on the contentious issue of verbal assaults on gay students. What stands out in the narrative is the fact that verbal slurs pertaining to one’s sexual orientation are being directed at High school students, whom one would expect not to have a concrete idea of their orientation but rather a fluid one. So, the offence in such a scenario is on two grounds – firstly the . . . Read More
The initial orientation program followed by subsequent skills training is a key factor in the successful execution of organizational plans. A retail store presents particular sets of challenges associated with these two key processes. While orientation programs present a macroscopic vision of the corporation, the training program endeavors to achieve a well-defined set of goals. In this regard, both are equally important in order to achieve the company bottom line. The rest of this essay will foray into key aspects of these programs and will provide a general design framework for any successful training of . . . Read More
Discuss the impact a child’s home culture has on his/her acceptance in the mainstream school culture. How is it further intensified when that child has exceptional needs?
The kind of culture that a child is brought up in has profound implications for the way it integrates into the mainstream society. Usually, a child from one of the minority communities has to overcome more challenges. The minority status may be as a result of ethnicity, language, race or nativity. It has been proven by many studies that a school environment can be very hostile for a vulnerable child. The ability to “belong” to a peer group can lead to undesirable tendencies in the child some of which will undermine its growth. Children coming from dysfunctional family environments are a high risk group. And so are the ones who have had a history of emotional or sexual abuse. They all tend to display inadequate social skills and hence put their acceptance in the . . . Read More
Electronic media has always been advertisers’ medium. Almost all popular electronic media of today – radio, television, the internet, movies, DVDs, etc are predominantly used as tools to leverage commerce and consumerism. In this scenario, what could be the role that documentary films play? Do they hold special significance in terms of their artistic and informative merits? Do they have any drawbacks? What does the future hold for this genre? The rest of the essay attempts to answer these questions.
Some of the advantages . . . Read More
In many schools in the United States and elsewhere in the world, students are being instructed through two languages in education programs so that they achieve proficiency in two languages alongside their regular academics. The two-way bilingual programs try to integrate students whose native language could be either the minority or majority. The program also tries to provide instructions in chosen area of interest and language development in two languages.
A study was conducted across more than 100 schools during the 1990’s to decipher the current state of two-way bilingual education in the United States. The results showed that
“Two-way programs typically share the goals of bilingual proficiency, academic achievement, and positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors. Emerging results of studies of two-way bilingual programs point to their effectiveness in educating nonnative-English-speaking students, their promise of expanding our . . . Read More
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is an exhaustive legislative program for education in American schools. The Act addresses the unique requirements for different classes of students, including that of migrants. It also contains the major statutory provisions that apply to the Migrant Education Program. This program is designed in order to help State Educational Agencies and other allied agencies. Supplemental educational and support services to help migrant children are part of the program.
The Migrant Education Program . . . Read More
The Labour government under the leadership of Tony Blair designed a program in 2004 to address all aspects of child development. This is the Every Child Matters program. It contained five key objectives. Improving and integrating diverse but related components of common child-care services was high up on the agenda. A more effective intervention system is required to prevent common problems and a sound contingency plan to mitigate their effects. Identifying and installing leaders who are committed to the cause of child welfare and make earnest efforts in fulfilling program objectives. The program also intends to place the responsibility of child protection across all involved agencies. Finally, to prime the involved institutions to come up with solutions tailored to suit the unique circumstances of each case.
Viewing this comprehensive child development program from a historical perspective gives us a better understanding of some of these objectives. For example, weak . . . Read More