"...to be there for my patients means to lend my shoulder to cry on..."
General Studies Student
TranscriptMy philosophy of healthcare is to listen with an open heart and an open mind. I may not know what it is like to walk in my patients shoes, I may not be the best conversationalist. I may not always know what to say in every situation to comfort a patient. But what I do know how to do, and do well, is listen. I read a quote that said, “The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood, the best way to understand people is to listen to them.” So while trying to pinpoint my philosophy of healthcare, I knew I want to quote “be there for my patients.” So I asked myself, what exactly does that mean “to be there for someone.” Thats when I realized its actually very simple. To me, to be there for my patients means to lend my shoulder to cry on, my ear to allow them to purge without passing judgement, and to have someone to talk to in times of loneliness. Someone to share their story with. And not only does listening with an open heart and open mind allow me to be there for my patients, it also, though just as importantly, allows me to gain a better understanding of the world in their shoes. We are all children of God, we are all the same on the inside no matter our story or outward appearance. All it takes to better understand is to listen.
Updated: April 23, 2013 - 2:42pm - by Yvette Saliba