Jiwan Kim submitted 2020-11-01

How to prepare for life-saving technique

As I am currently preparing for the College of Pharmacy, I am interested in the ACLS Scholarship. I am in my last year at a university in Arkansas and am majoring in Chemistry. When I was young, I have been interested in documentaries. I liked National Geographic or Discovery channel. I remember watching survival techniques and methods on the TV shows. That was the first time in my memory I learned techniques like Basic Life Support. When I was 12 years old, as a representative at my elementary school, I went to a safety education event in the city. Paramedics demonstrated in front of us the skills to cope with common accidents in everyday life, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), how to use a defibrillator, and the Heimlich maneuver. I learned these valuable skills and won an award in a demonstration contest.

As an adult, I served in the army and learned more about Basic Life Support (BLS). I learned how about hemostasis and how to transport patients. The purpose was to get my colleagues to care quickly when they were injured in battle or had problems, but I noticed I would have a chance to learn this well and use it later. One of my friends in the army was a doctor. One time, a soldier was sick and passed out late at night. My friend who was a doctor quickly did CPR and cared for him as a doctor. Suddenly, facing the same situation, I doubted whether I could do well. Perception has a very big impact on what you do. You can change how things appear and how best to respond to them. Questions about patient condition, equipment availability, and proximity to the nearest medical facility can all change the way you work.

First, I will practice a lot. Repeated and regular practice will build muscle memory for use in an emergency. Not all emergencies come from a comfortable state. Many people panic, and I need to act calmly in the situation. If fear comes just before caring for people, think slowly and imagine what I have been practicing. I will be calm while imagining, and I will be able to gain confidence. Not all emergencies happen only in specific places. It can also happen where equipment is relatively poor. It is very unlikely that there crash carts, first aid kits, or specific medicines will be there. Therefore, the patient relies on my performance. Most problems are just at the level we can solve. No matter how much I believe in my skills; I can solve problems with study and practice.

The second important thing is confidence. This applies to everything, not just healthcare. Whether taking a general driver’s license test or gearing up to play an important soccer game, without self-confidence no matter how good you are, it is difficult to show your skills. Sometimes we fail even when we are confident. It is bad to blame oneself for experiencing failure. Failure must be taken as a learning experience, however, in the healthcare field failure can have dire consequences for those who depend on us. It is important to learn from failures so that skills and knowledge can increase and prevent the same ones again.

The third is responsibility. People with a high sense of responsibility face their reality, judge themselves, and choose the best method in any situation. There are 5 steps, the first is to understand reality, the second is to acknowledge the reality, the third is to take responsibility, the fourth is to find a solution, and the fifth is to keep doing it. Whatever bad things happen, it is really important to have the lasting ability to face reality and solve them. Without responsibility and acceptance, it is difficult to preserver through the trials and tribulations of the healthcare profession. Perseverance is necessary to maintain a healthy working life. I do not have many experiences yet. But I know what I will face someday. Everyone feels fear. The important thing is how to face that fear. It was difficult and it took me a lot of time to realize, imagine, and visualize my healthcare future, however by repeating my methods above I have gained strength to continue in this field. Visualization should reduce mistakes, increase confidence, and grow self-esteem. Responsibility will allow me to acknowledge the failures I will face and persist to the end. I wanted to introduce you to this method I am practicing right now. Even if you look at the same object every time, it feels new from a different perspective. Constant and consistent practice, confidence, and responsibility will make your dreams come true.