For me this course was far yet the most interesting way of learning that I have ever come across. Firstly it was my first time eve blogging and at first I was very difficult having to put all my thoughts and feelings in words and letting the world hear me. I have recently started reading online blogs but most of them were more fiction and story like blogs. I must say it felt more of a challenge than learning.
I have learnt that I suck at time management. The way my blogs are spaced out, compared to other blogs that I have read, is terrifying and guess what? I still have two blogs missing. I don’t know why but online learning makes me lazy because I don’t have to answer to the lecture the following week. At the same time though it taught me responsibility and commitment because even though the course is complete I still plan to finish all of my blogs.
I have also learnt that even though you strongly believe in one side of the argument/statement you should also discuss the other side. Let your reader decide by themselves which side they chose based on how good you made your point not on just a one sided blog post. Also it’s important to do as much research as you can on the topic you are writing about so that you can have back up for what you write. And finally it kind of helped me with regards to my writing, I’m not saying it made it perfect but there are noticeable improvements.
At some point in our lives we have all felt a sense of being inferior or favoritism to another person whether it is because of their skin colour, sex or sexuality. People will always have something to say with regards to who you are and what you believe. Sometimes you mind gets clouded by stereotypical information that society feeds you about other races and cultures. The world has become a tis cruel placed filled with monsters who just pray on others to make them feel better about themselves.
I was raised as a Christian so most of my morals and values are influenced by church. The bible says ‘Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven’ (Luke 6:37) so I have always treated people I don’t know equally. Yes it was difficult as a black child to do that because my family had so much hate and unhealed scars due to the apartheid era but they were able to look past that so that I could be a better person. I have never come across a patient who was morally repugnant and to be honest I have no idea how I would deal with it.
Treating someone who discriminated against my sexuality, gender, race or morality would be extremely difficult for me because I would feel disrespected. A patient should only be concerned about your professionalism whatever lies underneath that, especially if it does not affect your professional conduct, should be none of their business. I don’t mean this in a rude way but all client-patient relationships should be kept at a professional level.
I believe our government is trying as hard as it can to emphasize the importance or equality, now it all lies on the individual mentality. If you treat people well, chances are you will also be treated with kindness. Look beyond the stigma
We all have our own beliefs of what is right and wrong which are influenced by culture, religion and society. As much as we don’t want them to interfere with our professional work they always have a way of interfering because we are all humans and full of emotions. Some are personal and others are universal.
Morals are personal views people have about certain things and ethics are universal harmonized principle that are practiced by professions. Sometimes in the work place a professions ability to do the right this is disturbed by conflicting values and beliefs. I think it is important to have morals in the work place as long as they do not interfere with other policies like the patient’s right or ethics around the work place. Yes, I know that it is moral distress and can make you feel like you have lost yourself and may interfere with how you feel about your profession but at the end of the day wouldn’t you feel better knowing that you made someone feel better regardless of how you personally feel.
When it comes to morality, what you believe will always affect your behavior. For example if I had a to treat a patient who is a criminal and got injured during their line of ‘work’ then I would treat them differently compared to other patients. Off cause I am going to feel a certain level of anger because I have been a victim of crime before, and that will make me believe that he doesn’t deserve to be helped leading a change in my behavior of how I treat the patient. And because of all these emotions I might end up taking a longer time treating the patient or even worse hurting them. Being able to rise above my personal feeling and helping the patient will make me a better physiotherapist.
I’m not saying you should not express your beliefs at work, all I’m saying is do it in a professional manner and remember that sometimes it is not all about what is what is right and what is wrong but how it affects your patient.
My lecture once asked in class if someone could explain the difference between empathy and sympathy. One of my classmates made a good example said that if someone where to fall in front of you and you say “Ouch! That must hurt” then that would be sympathizing with them, and empathy would be if u were to reach out you hand and help them get up.
I have never quite understood the difference between empathy and sympathy and I hope to lean that from this coarse. Since we have professional practitioners who are also part of the coarse I want to learn whether getting emotionally involved with your clients improves the kind of service you offer them and whether or not they get motivated to do better knowing that you care. On a personal level I have always tried not to get emotionally involved when it comes to clients and I also believe that as soon as you enter the work place you should leave your personal views at the door but after reading an article by Carol M Davis on empathy I have realized that empathyzing with the client is not something that you have control over sometimes it just happens.
Interacting with student and professional physiotherapist will help broaden my view on ethical dilemmas around the work place and how other people respond compared to others.
My name is Yakhanani Femele and I’m a third year physiotherapy student at the University of the Western Cape. I currently reside in Cape Town, Khayelitsha but originally I’m from a small town in the Eastern Cape called Elliot.
I’m a very conserved person who enjoys being around friend and familiar faces. I love watching movies, if I wasn’t a student I’d probably spend the whole day watching TV and sleeping.
Physio has been good, not great, just good. I’m starting to enjoy the whole process of being a physiotherapist. We just started with clinical blocks this year and by far I can say that is the best module throughout this coarse. Being around patients is the most exciting thing I’ve ever done.