Fly Wena to Boston

Fly Wena to Boston

From Wena Lee

I'm raising money for a trip to Boston, MA! This will be an important trip with colleagues to attend the 40th Annual Planetree International Conference where I will be presenting a poster in front of like-minded indiv...

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Fly Wena to Boston

My goal as a nurse is to have concern and compassion for those in my care. Maybe I'll care for you or your loved one someday! It's one thing to say it and very difficult to be it without the proper tools. I can talk about person-centered care and give you terminology but that doesn't matter. Actions speak louder than my words.

In my nursing student journey, I came across Planetree during orientation. But I know I came across it even before that - when I was able to compare care from two different hospitals. 

Did you know that patients are not just individuals? They are part of a family unit. Certain hospitals treat family as an obstacle whereas others don't. Imagine coming to see your loved one and having a room fit for a hotel stay - meaning it's all about customer service - being greeted by name, not spoken down to, making decisions about your loved one's care, the ability to say "No!", etc. It's liberating and allows family the freedom to focus on who is really important - the patient.

Now imagine this freedom in an educational setting. I still have so much to learn. At this conference I will:

  • Bring back new tools to enhance health & human services education
  • hear from influencers of the healthcare industry (topics include communication, mindfulness, positivity)
  • be an event volunteer
  • make the right connections now, rather than later

I hope follow me on this journey as I live tweet the conference @WenaBSN!

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