Methods of Effective Brainstorming
Methods of Effective Brainstorming
Writing is an effective way to express your thoughts, opinions and feelings to other people. Writing can be fun as well as entertaining, and there are different ways to use writing in your daily life. However, you’ll need to convey your information in an interesting and concise manner. If you need to improve how to write, there are several ways in which you can learn to become a better writer. You can hone your craft and improve how to write by paying attention to your audience, examining grammar and punctuation, and getting peer evaluation. (more…)
Most people overlook the therapeutic value of writing. It is a great resource and can be used by almost anyone. The act of writing down your thoughts can bring comfort and satisfaction unlike any other activity. And you don’t have to come up with profound, organized and amazing literary pieces, it can just about anything that you think of. Some people write about the things that bug them and the stuff that makes them happy. It can be about small discoveries made in the course of a day or simply an account of your experience. The beauty of writing is that it’s an open activity – there are no set boundaries and no subject that cannot be covered.
The process gives people an outlet and allows them to vent out their feelings. The act of writing helps release you from the pressures and stresses of the day and can be helpful in resolving conflicts and problems. It is also a whole lot cheaper than consulting with a professional.
Most of us are more prepared than we think. Who could forget the loads of essays that you have to write up for English subjects or the tedious process of writing a term paper as a completion requirement for a college degree? These exercises deals with a set structure for writing and makes us familiar with one of the more complicated forms of writing.
The other side to this is doing it for creative purposes. Doing it in this manner will give you a unique sense of satisfaction. You can do it the old fashioned way using pen and paper or take advantage of what technology offers. The Internet plays host to thousands of blogs that covers practically all topics that people can think of. Some consider their blogs as private journals – a place where they can write random thoughts or express their frustrations and disappointments. Reviewing their entries another day helps them come to terms with their situation and possibly, come up with a solution to their problems.
The power and beauty of writing is that it encourages self expression. It allows you to look at yourself more deeply and with better understanding. This process has the potential of developing an extraordinary talent that can help you handle life better.
It is very rare to find a place in this world that combines the beauty of nature with the fully functioning amenities of an active global business center. If you can perceive yourself doing the usual humdrum of engaging in the rigors of your daily business routine, spending the whole day rattling your mind and figuring out problems that require your whole day of detailed attention, you usually end up drained of energy. But, once the day is done and you step outside of your office, you are instantaneously transported to another place, far from the beaten track. As soon as you realize this, you have just stepped outside of your office building, to find your self, smacked right in the middle of paradise!
There is inevitably no place that can offer you the ironic and surreal combination of being in two separate worlds at once, only that is a possible if you are in the Cayman Islands. Business and pleasure are really two distinctly different things, in fact, they are worlds apart from one another that both contradict each other in principle. The business mentality is a conjecture of the need to pursue every effort and chance given to maximize your work potential to achieve the given task of improving your company’s effort in optimizing it’s profits. The business world has no sense of leniency towards irrelevant things such as “relaxation”, and in a business sense, you should take it up on your own free time.
The Cayman Islands is the place where you can have both at the same time, as pleasure in regards to it’s tourist industry is their business, literally. Pristine stretches of white sands, which surrounds the islands is what tourists from all parts of the world come for. Investors, local and foreign alike, find it the ideal place to set up their businesses as the Cayman Islands boast a relatively tax free business environment, leading to the steady propagation and continued influx of multi-national investors. The stability of it’s economy and government can be credited to the centuries that it was administered by the British government, which explains the high quality of life that is experienced by the Caymanians.
The Caymanians (a term referred to the locals that inhabit the three major group of islands), have one of the most highest per capita income in the whole world and because of this, international investors are assured that their businesses are in a safe and progressive state of resiliency. Ken Dart who owns and operates Dart Realty Ltd., had chosen to develop homes and business projects in the Cayman Islands because of these factors. The Cayman Islands is the home for a number of multi-national companies and off-shore investment groups that find the island paradise nation a most ideal place to operate and maintain their businesses.
In a place like the Cayman Islands, business and pleasure do mix indeed and are complementary to each other. No wonder that tourists frequent this side of paradise, as in can offer a refuge for the tired individual who seeks solace from the rigors of earning their keep. Despite of it’s seemingly small stature as a nation, the Cayman Islands has everything to offer and more. That is the reason why international investors have settled here because they are quite confident that the government and the stable state of the economy can provide everything that is needed in regards to protecting and maintaining a stable economical growth which in turn assures investors.
Party are always fun, all the stress gets blown away and the heart gets filled with joy and excitement. Kid’s love to get involved in a party as they get new clothes and extra attention and most of all they can get to eat lots of things. So, for planning a fun party for kids, there are lots of things to consider and here are some to think about:
Decide a theme: Kids love to have theme parties as they can get the outlook of their favourite cartoons or character. Kids live in their own world and when the real world also become a fantasy world they enjoy it more and express themselves more. For kids, a slumber party is a best choice or you can go with Disney theme, sports theme, pirates or Ben 10 themes. Choosing some unifying theme will make your party stand out and will give your guests the opportunity to get to know each other around. You can also employ two themes for celebrating the party, one can go for the elders and other one for the kids as we have discussed earlier.
Make a guest list: Invite people from different age groups so that nobody can feel left out. Use handmade invitations and get it done from your kids also so that they can get the actual feel of party. Invite the kids with their parents, in this way you can interact with their parents side by side you can get relief from the stress of so many kids around. Ask everyone to bring something that will go with the theme. This can highlight your theme. Else use your imagination!
Add games or other activities: If everyone seems happy with the food and drinks then you may not need them but it is good to have some excitement and fun in between so for achieving that you can incorporate small games such as truth or dare, apples to apples, board games, or chair games etc.
For kids you can also hire jumping or bouncy castles. These are the best method of enjoying in outdoor parties. On a sunny day with everyone’s around a jumping structure sounds fun to me. Kids love bouncy games and when they see a jumping castle they find it hard to resist for playing on it. These structures fill them with enthusiasm and they get refreshed also as the kids also feel stressed sometimes so it’s a best method to relieve their stress also. It does not have any harmful effects either if are used with caution and safety and under the surveillance of elders. If elders also want some fun then you can order a castle for both age groups in which size does not matter and the kids can also enjoy with their parents and grandparents.
In addition to providing fun, you can also accomplish your sports desire by playing on it as jumping is also a kind of exercise plus these structures possess therapeutic values just like ball pits do, so you can have fun along with exercising.
Include food and drinks: Prepare food that is loved by both kids and elders. Make party mix, cheese and crackers; offer fruits, sweets, candies and chips. Don’t include alcoholic beverages in the party or something containing caffeine. For kids try fruit punch or non-alcoholic cocktails in different colours.
Decorate to highlight your theme: Decorations depicts the mood of the theme. For example if you are throwing a pirate party then you can add the wallpaper of ships on the walls; artificial swords, pirate eye patches and gold coins for the kids. You can also commence toy sword fighting for having more fun.
There are many ways to approach the subject of beauty. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but women (and men) all over the world are using everything they can to improve upon their image. The whole cosmetics industry is based on this one need. And as women need the cosmetics industry, so does the industry need writers and copywriters to teach them how to choose their products. Here are some thoughts on how to write an article about mascara.
Start with an introductory paragraph that explains the subject and point of the article. Describe the product; for example: what is mascara? Include information about why women wear mascara and how the product will work for them. A suggestion or tip for this would be: “most women dream of having natural looking long, thick and curly eyelashes, that perfectly frame and highlight their eye shape and color”. A great example is the Mascara Genie site, that has set out to find the best waterproof mascara. It discusses what mascaras are, different types that exist, advantages and disadvantages of using waterproof mascara.
Mascara comes in different formulas depending on the brand. Research what different brands of mascara do for eyelashes. Some brands advertise that their mascara has a conditioning formula, others build thickness and length – the ingredients in their formula coat each eyelash. Direct your reader to other resources connected to your topic – waterproof mascara users may be interested to find out about the removal process. You can talk about mascara ingredients – how safe are they, how do they work.
You also need to talk about color choices, and compare applicator wands. Some have a curved brush to curl the eyelashes. If you are writing about a specific brand of mascara, you should read about what makes that brand better than the competing brands. You can use bullet points to highlight the best features of this brands’ mascara. Check out this bogus example:
Avon has released a hot new mascara product called The Wonder Brush.
You can read about the history of who first had mascara on, what it was made of and what was the reason for its use? Use interesting facts about the products to draw the reader in. You can include improvements made to mascara. How did they get to their modern packaging?
Helpful tips about safely handling mascara would benefit the reader – such as talking about the product’s shelf-life. Mascara has to be replaced regularly to avoid eye infections from bacteria that grows in old mascara applicators. If you are writing about a specific brand of mascara, compare that brands’ benefits. For example write about how this waterproof mascara does not clump or flake, like many other brands.
When writing a summary paragraph be sure to include quotes from professional beauty consultants or make-up artists who like the product and use the mascara for reasons already discussed in the article. Finish the summary with customer testimonies about how much they enjoy the brand because readers want to hear opinions of what regular people think about a product they use every day.
Creative writing is a genre all of its own. Many of the rules that apply to us in business or professional writing don’t apply to creative writing. It is a place in which authors can experiment, take risks, and push the envelope of conventional writing.
All that said, basic grammar does offer some structure to your writing in a genre that can otherwise easily spiral out of control. In this post, I want to go over some ways that keeping with some of the traditional rules of grammar can make for better creative writing, rather than limit your experimentation.
Creative Writing – The Greats
If we think back to some of the literary greats, the Mark Twains, the Charles Dickens, the Ernest Hemingways, the Norman Mailers, we notice a few things. These authors all have different styles, different influences, oftentimes writing during time periods, but they all have great grammar. The technical content within each book they write is impeccable, yet they are still able to authentically capture the time period in which they represent.
Contrast this to many of the popular novels of today. If many any of today’s most popular books cannot be described as sloppy writing, the least they can be indicted on is being technically simple. Now don’t get me wrong, there is a certain beauty to simplicity in the written word. But it becomes a problem when simple writing becomes the norm and replaces technical writing because it closes the door for future growth. After all, it isn’t all that uncommon to see popular writers confused over the differences of words like effect versus affect. If writers never graduate past simplistic writing, it is likely their readers won’t either.
The Distraction of Poor Word Choice
Mark Twain once said that the difference between the “right word” and the “almost right word” is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. Poor word choice can become a major distraction for your reader. It is not often that your reader will lose understanding of the subject at hand as a result of poor word choice, but it definitely will make of break the quality of your work. If your essay or book is riddled with “almost right words,” the book will not be taken seriously. A good exercise to improve your word choice and usage is to pick up a style guide like the AP Stylebook. This has the most common English mistakes with their correct forms and is the standard style guide for the news industry and broadcasters. You can also get AP style online if you don’t want to purchase a hard copy of the book.
Time and time again, people ask, how do I become a better writer? How can I improve my technical grammar? And there really is no one answer to this question; it varies from person to person, writer to writer. One method that I have found consistently working for writers across the spectrum, however, is to challenge yourself in your reading. Read some of the great authors talked about in this post. Don’t settle for current, popular works and expect to become an esteemed author. The surest way you will find yourself becoming a better writer is to immerse yourself in the works or writers better than you. Surround yourself with the greats and you will become better.
Families in Canada probably enjoy many leisure pursuits including going on vacation when school is out for the summer. These families have the chance to spend more time in the outdoors. However, one possible risk that Toronto families may face is getting into a car accident when they are travelling to their vacation destination. This is when injury lawyers could become necessary.
The main problem with car accidents is that many people do not anticipate getting involved in one. For this reason, some families might not have adequate accident insurance or maybe no insurance at all. If this sounds like you, your biggest risk is becoming injured during a car collision then having insufficient funds to pay for your hospitalization and other medical expenses to treat those injuries. If this is the case you will probably need an injury lawyer to guide you on how to seek monetary compensation from the person who was driving the car that crashed into yours. But remember that there are jurisdictional issues in injury law as well. So if you live in Toronto, Ontario, then you are best to find Toronto injury lawyers to represent you instead of those who are in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The worst thing that could happen to you if you do get injured in a car accident is to suffer some kind of brain injury. Even a mild concussion can be distressing but can you imagine if your brain injuries were worse? You might be forced to stop work altogether to heal from your brain injury. Who then will support your family financially? Some brain injuries can also be quite severe leading to permanent mental disability. If you are worried about this kind of brain injury cases, you should have instructions ready about what your next of kin should do if you suffer a severe injury like these. By making this list of instructions well in advance, your family, friends or lawyer will know how to act regarding your situation.
Of course, not all car accidents result in brain injuries to the occupants of either car. Some might just suffer minor cuts, scrapes and bruises and may choose to waive their right to file for compensation against the other party because the accident was relatively minor. But if your injuries are indeed severe, you might have a hard time getting your insurance company to pay compensation even if your injuries are covered by your insurance policy. Sad to say, there are insurance companies that are eager to accept your premiums but are nowhere to be found when you have to file claims for your covered injuries.
One problem you will face when seeking out the right injury lawyer is figuring out which ones are legit and which ones are bogus or even deceptive. You can try looking for the right lawyer by asking people in your circles to refer you to ones they have used before. A blind search online will probably yield a multitude of options for law firms to hire but this trial and error method is not only time consuming but also inconvenient if you already have injuries and need legal assistance fast. You could also seek out lawyer’s associations that have a list of accredited lawyers for more convenience. But no matter what, be sure to plan ahead and know what your options are so that if things go bad, you are never out of options.
My daughter got her first job, and as you can tell by the title of this post, it’s at a McDonald’s restaurant. Surprisingly, I am not disappointed, this is not her end all and be all, in fact she made it clear to me that the only reason she chose a fast food restaurant like McDonald’s as her first job is so that she won’t be tempted to continue working and will actually start school once she saved up enough money for her first year of tuition.
But if you think her learning has stopped, think again, McDonald’s has it’s own version of an online university, affectionately named the McDonald’s LMS.
Online classes and homework are not usually what you would associate with McDonald’s. But when my daughter showed me her orientation packet, it wasn’t your normal “Welcome to…” that I received on my first job back in the day. In fact it was more similar to a college acceptance package.
Besides the normal formalities, you receive detailed information regarding how to access their online learning management system (better known as the McDonald’s LMS), including her LMS Login credentials, so she can login and watch the training video courses, submit assignments and generally keep track of your progress and training online, all from the convenience of your home.
My daughter picked up on the courses right away and finished the training, passed the quizzes and completed the whole orientation in record time, she commented that it was just like High School, except you get paid to learn!
In Europe, it is a mandatory for high schools students to take a year break before starting college, and I thoroughly agree. It gives you time to breath and enjoy life before you commit to another four rigorous years of education. Education that in this country is not free, but quite necessary to get ahead in life.
I would even take it further and say working at a place like McDonald’s, just like my daughter is doing, is even better. For one, clearly you are still learning as I mentioned above, but more importantly, you realize fairly quick what you don’t want to be doing for the rest of you life. Flipping burgers and daily mentions of “Would you like fries with that?” is not how you want to spend the rest of your life, if you can help it.
On top of that, you are getting paid, so you can save and probably spend (a little) as you please to help you build your own education fund without borrowing and owing a large sum of money to a bank once you are out of college.
She had other job opportunities with family and friends that would have paid her the same minimum wage, but would have been much more fun and interesting environment to work in. She didn’t want that. She didn’t want to be comfortable at her work place and have a reason to not pursue a higher education and make something of herself (Something I think she got from the Steve Jobs commencement speech video we watched together).
I am proud of my daughter’s decision for not taking the easy route, tough decision and challenging yourself is what life is all about. Getting started early with these situations will only help prepare her sooner rather than later in life, and that is skill well worth having.
As a writer, photojournalist and outdoors enthusiast, I have explored many new things while out for a hike. Just spending quiet time in the outdoors is enough to ground you. One of the most exciting things about being outdoors is the serenity and calmness that comes over you as you move through a local park or bike path.
Over the last few months, my husband and I decided it was high time we took on a more serious role in our interest in the outdoors. This was going to be something bigger than a short walk in the park, something that would take on a more intense part of ourselves; doing something that was out of our comfort zone, and where we feel free, alive and connected at a more intense level.
The new experience would take serious planning and thought. We decided to become more experienced backpackers. To setup camp several thousand feet above sea level is amazing. While we’ve been day hiking over the last few years, we never had the opportunity to hike for several days with an overnight. We’ve hiked Mt. Rainier, several trails throughout Vermont and throughout Hawaii on the Big Island in Volcano’s national park and in Kauai. Of course each one of those hikes provided us with a variety of trails and experiences we’ll never forget, but I’ve always felt one thing missing, that being the backpacking out and spending several days on the trail, possibly not seeing any other hikers for a period of time or days even.
There are quite a few things to consider when deciding to venture out on the hike. In planning for a multi-day hike, I’ve found a number of really helpful resources. To begin with you should think well ahead in your planning. Our adventure would be planned out for early fall of 2014 in Yosemite National Park. There are hundreds of open trails to choose from, permits to obtain and hiking gear to acquire.
This would be our first time backpacking in the backcountry, therefore we decided to play it safe and enroll in some hiking and outdoors classes. There are many offered locally, and through some recreational outdoor stores like REI. It’s really important to have some basic understanding of first aid and general backpacking safety information before we venture out.
First decide where you want to go on your hike. Its best to be organized and think the trip through, and not haphazardly or impulsively rush this trip. Once you’ve decided the length of the trip, then decide the time of year you’ll be going on your multi-day adventure. You have to consider the type of clothing and other hiking gear you’ll need to bring along.
After you’ve gotten your plans set, consider doing a few local hikes to get in shape for the upcoming trip. You might even consider bringing along your full pack just to get the feel for what hiking several miles per day with a 30lb pack might be like.
There are several areas to go to download trail maps and very detailed trail information. The majority of the US state parks have wonderful online resources to help you become more informed about your hike, the permits necessary, places you’re permitted to setup camp and whether open camp fires are allowed.
There’s quite of bit of information about selecting the right size backpack for a multi-day hike. For information on the right kind of backpacks out there, I found this site to be of help in getting all our gear together.
So, where have we decided to start our lifetime of backpacking? Well, Machu Picchu was an idea, but we decided to head out to the west coast and give the Pacific Coast Trail a shot. No matter where you decide to take your next outdoor adventure, be safe and enjoy the beauty that is the outdoors.
Hope to see you on the trail!
This might sound a little bit crazy coming from me (especially since I focus so much on creative writing and communication), but there were a ton of things I didn’t know about effective communication until I really started playing around with online videos on YouTube.
The written word is something that I’ve always thought to be very special (and almost sacred, to be truthful), but I will wholeheartedly admit that for a good chunk of my life I was more than a little bit of a hack writer.
Sure, the stuff I was producing at the time seem to be fantastic as I was writing it – but it was a lot of that overly flowery, hoity-toity, very highbrow nose stuck in the air kind of fake literature that most people run from just as soon as they can.
And while I have done a pretty good job at cutting a lot of that junk out of my writing, the truth of the matter is I wasn’t as effective of a communicator or storyteller until I started to dabble with YouTube videos.
I had been going along with my life pretty content without dabbling in the world of online videos until I stumbled upon a post all about how businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups were buying YouTube comments and purchasing cheap YouTube views to build up a bit of brand awareness.
At first I was pretty taken aback that so many smart and savvy business owners would be this transparent about artificially pumping up the social proof of their content, but then it hit me like a ton of bricks – a lot of this is because the art of storytelling and clear communication has all but disappeared from our world.
I decided to try and see if I would be able to create videos that were amazingly effective (and somewhat wildly popular) without having to pay for YouTube views – by stacking videos up against one another to see which would drum up the most activity.
The first thing that I really started to pay close attention to when creating my videos (and more so when I would watch those videos after they had been created) was that you absolutely, positively need some sort of map to get you from the beginning to the middle and finally to the end if you want to tell a complete, cohesive, and coherent story.
My first view videos were really choppy and had no real diffraction – filled with all kinds of stumbles that could have been avoided if I had simply storyboarded my stuff out.
Another thing that was really surprising to me (something that I should have known, as I try to injected into all of my writing) is that energy has an overwhelming impact on influence. When I would simply do my videos in a relative monotone and just try to kind of go through the motions, I never get the kinds of response I was looking for. But when I pumped up my personality and started to inject energy throughout the video – really trying to create some kind of emotional connection regardless of how bland or almost “boring” the content seemed at the time I was able to create videos that resonated with my audience.
I’m still trying to tabulate the data to see whether or not it makes sense to purchase cheap YouTube views when looking to do some YouTube marketing, but I had to share these findings for those that are looking to change the way they communicate or tell stories as soon as possible!
I graduated with a degree in English from university, and throughout the time I studied English lit, I would have people ask me “why?” “Why are you studying such a worthless degree?” For me, the answer was always simple- reading and writing are simply what I do.
These days, I mostly write for the same reason I always have- I simply love it. Occasionally, however, I will put my degree to use earning money, as when I created long-form content for a friend’s criminal defense law firm in Ventura here and here. It worked out well because I actually have family in Ventura County, and visit there regularly. I love California’s beaches and it’s laidback culture, but alas, this post isn’t about California or my friend’s law firm- it is about the monetary value of being able to write well.
This post is a bit of a rant, but bear with me
I feel like I am always seeing these studies saying that the average salary of people who have studied English is so much lower than the average salary of somebody who studied computer engineering, for example. Fine.
What these statistics often obscure are the writers with ambition- for example, the creative copywriters who can absolutely kill it for a brand and generate huge sales for the company. The problem is that the samples used in these studies are skewed by the low salaries of passionate writers who opt to teach English for $30,000 a year at public high schools, for example. What I have come to realize is that, if you can write well and are interested (I’m not) in building a highly-profitable career for yourself by writing, you can do so.
The truth is that there are plenty of opportunities for those who can write creatively, because creative writing is indicative of an equally important (perhaps more important) skill- creative thinking. And guess what? If you can think critically, analytically, and creatively, you will have your way in this world.
Take the study of law, for example. According to American Bar Association, law is one of the highest paid professions in the US. And what sort of people typically become lawyers? Those who can think write, and speak articulately. If you can write creatively, and if you are willing to apply yourself to studying law (this is a big IF of course!), than I don’t doubt that you can make it as a lawyer.
Criminal defense, corporate law, personal injury- take your pick. Each of these ares requires outstanding reading comprehension skills, as you are going to be spending most of your billable hours pouring through briefs while building your case.
Becoming an attorney is just one example, and of course there are many others. Moving away from law and into branding and advertising, I find that some of the best-paid people I know in ad agencies throughout the US have studied creative writing or English literature and are now working as copywriters. Of course, much like lawyers, copywriters start at the very bottom of the food chain and don’t earn much money in the beginning of their careers. However, once they prove that their writing ability moves products off the shelves, they can write their own ticket into a corner office. If that’s what you want.
I never really did want that corner office, so I didn’t pursue it. For me, writing is not a means to an end, it is an end in and of itself, and I am happy to sell my short stories and poetry to people who are interested in them. I have no intention of ever becoming a lawyer or a copywriter, but instead will keep writing my silly pieces of writing that make me as happy as anything else. The only change I can see is that I may move to a more scenic place, like Ventura, California.
A CNA, or certified nurse’s assistant will often spend more time with patients than doctors and nurses. A CNA assists with the most basic needs of the patient, including bathing, dressing, eating and moving from one area to another. What many people take for granted, a patient must rely on staff members, mostly CNA’s, to perform daily tasks. Learn more about what a CNA does on a daily basis here: http://www.howtobecomeacnatoday.com/cna-job-description-and-duties.
When a person begins to explore their options and does research on how to become a CNA, one of the first things they will learn is effective communication between patient and caregiver is essential. Not only does it help with overall general care and health concerns, it builds a level of trust that teaches each person something valuable. To the patient it may mean the difference between feeling alone or feeling as if someone truly cares. For the caregiver, it can mean learning lessons about themselves and how they handle specific situations. In some cases, the touch of a hand or a kind word can make a person’s day worthwhile.
Growing up, I was raised around my grandparents and began to understand at an early age, the wealth of information they could pass on to me. It was fun visiting the family farm and hearing stories. As a teenager, my first job was working in a local nursing home. Since I worked as part of the dietary staff, it was my job to feed the residents who couldn’t feed themselves. Each day I would go to work knowing what my job would be and every evening I would leave for home thinking about a story I had been told by one of the patients.
I had gotten to know my patients fairly well and they trusted me with their thoughts, stories and concerns. One day a specific resident began to refuse his food and was not exceptionally talkative. Prior to that day, he would tell the most colorful stories and talk to me about my grandfather who he had known for several years. I tried to get him to talk to me, but to no avail.
Over the next few ways, he became more withdrawn and, at one point, he refused food altogether. I had talked to my supervisor and had been told to watch him closely and document everything he ate. That evening I went in to feed him and asked him if I had done something wrong. He immediately became upset with me for thinking I had caused his new change in attitude. I explained to him that I wouldn’t know otherwise unless he told me what was wrong. He slowly began to talk to me about the treatment he had been receiving from another staff member. It didn’t take long to understand why his mood had changed. The person in question was new to the facility and had been known for speaking rudely to the patients and berating them when they had accidents or did something she didn’t like.
I went to my supervisor with the information and within a few days, the newly hired nurse was newly fired. Communication between a caregiver and a patient is vitally important for the health and welfare of the patient. Without it, things can go unnoticed and unresolved until the patient is suffering needlessly.