How participants reacted
I discovered things about myself, of which I wasn't aware they existed.
sTimul moved me. Getting into the life of a psychiatric patient, that you have been guiding for a while now, is not so evident. Taking that role, demanded a lot of energy. Feelings I didn't know, overwhelmed me and sometimes I didn't know how to handle them. I discovered things about myself, of which I wasn't aware they existed. It was an extension of my knowledge about working on a profound level with people. It's a positive confirmation of my way of working. My enthusiasm is passed on to my colleagues and that is very noticeable.
De inleefsessie is een absolute meerwaarde in mijn verder bestaan als verpleegkundige.Francis
I'm convinced that both us, as students, as the simulating residents learned from these two days of submergence internship.
These experiences received at sTimul will always remain.
These experiences received at sTimul will always remain. I can't let them go, they keep haunting me. Every daily still, smaller bits, details come up. I'm convinced that one looks different at situations, once back in the work field. It's very confronting, if you realize that you perform the same actions at work that I perceived very disturbing in sTimul. While you did this with your best intentions. I'm pleasantly surprised about what this kind of experience does with you.
What is very common for the caretaker, is very differently perceived by the resident.
I would definitely recommend this project to anyone who is working in the care sector. What is very common for the caretaker, is very differently perceived by the resident. It would be extremely good if staff could experience what is waiting, what is getting help with meals, what is getting help with washing or being cleaned.
The way of communicating on every level and is determining your relation with the residents and colleagues.
One thinks to know what it is like to be aged and dependent, but really undergoing the experiences, feeling them, is a great difference. My biggest experience, that I will definitely take with me, is the way of communicating on every level and is determining your relation with the residents and colleagues. We strive to be at the same level as our residents, but by our manner of communicating we raise ourselves above them (e.g. No, you can't do that). The soothing, the correcting, not openly communicating, works as a stop. Questioning and asking questions to residents and yourself make sure you don't get into routine.
The most important you can do for the resident is not big.
The most important you can do for the resident is not big, but is hidden in small things, that don't seem so important at first but really are to the residents. If we try to respect the individuality and what they stand for, we have come a long way.
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