Reflective Journal Week 16

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

Honestly, I am just so excited to be finishing this semester that I cannot focus on much else. BUT I did  get to kind of review a bunch of topics that have been discussed throughout the semester. I feel that the underlying principles of alot that was taught is going to stick with me. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

There was not necessarily a team activity this week. However, we are preparing to take our final exam as a group. With team activities, I learned that you cannot procrastinate as you have others depending on you. It will be easier to coordinate your times if you start the project early. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

The biggest thing I learned about was basic leadership skills. I think that one of the most influential assignments from the semester was the book that we discussed at the beginning, Ender’s Game. I feel like it had alot of really useful information in leadership and it made me analyze both my own leadership skills and the skills of my leaders. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

Generally, I feel that it was good material. 

Week 15 Reflective Journal

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned more about risk management and some of the challenges that come as a nursing supervisor. I found that being a nursing supervisor when accidents happen can create a whole new world of stress and so many factors you never would have initially thought of. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

If anything, I feel that the group discussion broadened my horizon of thought. They brought up ideas and organized those ideas in such a way that I never would have thought of. Particularly when it comes to handeling accidents and other situations as a nursing supervisor. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

As I mentioned above, my fellow peers gave me some ideas and insight as how to handle accidents in the workplace. I think that maintaining and open and non judgemental environment in the workplace- especially after an accident happens- is hugely important to help the employee and the rest of the unit move on. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I feel this was helpful material. I am sure at some point or another we are all going to witness a serious complication or accident in our careers. Gaining insight that we can bring with us in the future is something I believe to be important. 

Week 14 Reflective Journal

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned about ways the workplace can keep employee standard and morale up. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

I have experienced low morale among work place companions. Even if I enjoy my job, it’s still difficult working with people like that. Getting to the root of their concerns and problems should be something more employers look at. However, alot of times the workers don’t effectively communicate that they have a problem in the first place. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

I am going to attend more employee meetings and get togethers to keep my own morale and workplace emotions high. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I feel this was good material. If any of us are ever in a management position, I think these things were very applicable. 

Week 11 Reflective Journal

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned a ton about marketing and hospitals and employee unions and strikes. Most of all, I learned that I should not be trusted with negotiations. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

My feelings on the team activities are mixed. I placed all of the buildings on our map. I wonder if I did a good job– none of my team members complained so I’m assuming I did ok. It was hard because we got to it kind of late in the game and so some of the real estate had been taken. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

Well, I do not ever plan on getting into marketing– that is not my jibe. However, I think that if I ever did get into management or marketing this would have been very helpful information. Also, I am going to look at where hospitals are placed now– I feel it is very strategic. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I understand now why larger hospitals are in more populated areas. It makes sense but I never really thought about it before. I feel that it is good material to know in general just so that we can learn about teamwork skills. 

Week 13 Portfolio

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned a lot about putting together a good portfolio and how to improve the workplace. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

Yes, I always feel the team activities are helpful. It is still somewhat difficult to get together to do the activity, however they do provide peer to peer insight and thoughts. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

I am going to take into account what others say and their thoughts. Additionally, I think more than anything I am learning that a put together portfolio can greatly increase your chances of a job. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I feel that putting together a professional portfolio is always helpful and should be something that every nursing student invests into at some point during their education. 

Week 10 Reflective Journal

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned about different personality types and how they handle change. I also learned about ways to productively approach employees and other individuals about change. I also learned how I might better adapt and cope with change. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

I always really like to do the group discussions. It allows me to learn more about my team members. I learned about their opinions and backgrounds with change. Some of them approached change completely different than what I would have imagined. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

I will monitor change. This is extremely important as a nurse. All of the patients on our unit need to be regularly assessed for any change as this can be an early indicator of something more drastic. So even though that may not be where the “Who Ate My Cheese?” story was headed, that is all I could think about. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I feel like this was really good material. I did not realize how differently people perceive and implement change. In a management position, or even as a team member, I feel that this is important to take into consideration when implementing change. 

Budget Interview

  1. When budget cuts are necessary, where is the first place you look to make the cuts?

Typically, we will try to look at unnecessary or frivolous expenditures. This can range anywhere from what is on the company credit cards to each specific department. This also kind of depends on how over budget we are. There are alot of other places we can look to cut costs if necessary. But typically, we try to pay close attention to remain in budget. 

  1. Does being over budget happen regularly?  Approximately how many months in a year are you typically over budget?

Not typically. If we do go over budget, it is typically minimal. We have very specific goals. Each team and department is offered incentives not to go over budget. We also have people hired very specifically to watch these budgets and economic trends. 

  1. Is there anything in your budget that you have had to make the decision to remove completely in order to stay within budget?

Just recently to stay in budget we had to adjust some things for employees. For example, we offer lunches for our employees every so often. This time rather than getting a barbeque catering company like we usually do, we had to get a less expensive one. 

  1. Do you have meetings to get input from others on how to prioritize budgets? 

Yes. As I said before, we have people watching our spending closely at a higher level than our own local management. Often times, the “big guys” will come in and ask us how things are going, what we would like to see more or less of, how we think the budgets and company is going over all, etc. We do sometimes have meetings, but it is more for people in positions specific for it. 

  1. How many departments do your budget cuts affect? How do you help get everyone on board with it? 

It depends on what the budget cut is for. We have alot of different departments. We have a parts department, we have a sales department and more. If there is a store wide budget cut, people around here generally have a good attitude about trying to stay within budget just because we all work well together as a team. We have never really had any huge budget cuts yet. 

  1. What are ways to help smooth things over after budget cuts are implemented? 

I have never been part of a huge budget cut, but we will usually have a meeting with food that explains why we are implementing budget cuts. Only once did we fire someone for a budget cut, but it was kind of a mutual decision between the employee and company from what I understand. 

  1. Do you use a zero based budget or do you use last years numbers as a basis so you can increase or decrease the numbers from there?

Honestly, I am fairly newer so I am not sure. I know that we have a financial team out of state that kind of watches things closely. I would guess that they watch last years numbers just because that is what they tend to talk about the most. Also, I feel likes our sales in general compare to last year’s mostly overall. 

  1. Do you give budgeted salary increases based on a percentage for everyone? Or do you give performance raises, and do you budget for those raises?

I know at my level at least, that we do performance raises. This I think is fairly strict for floor positions and service positions. I think that once you get into management though, that you get salaries and then increases depending on seniority. 

  1. When you have a variable amount for an item in your budget, how do you handle it? Do you take the mean? Or just the highest possible amount for the item? 

I don’t know how applicable this is specifically to my position. But generally with even small things at least, I try to take the mean. I do not want to go over budget because firstly, I get in trouble and secondly I lose some of my own incentives. Also, if there happens to be something more expensive later on that I have to have, I try to save for this. 

  1. When you have a big expense once a year, do you allocate it across twelve months? Or do you add it to that month’s budget only?

It depends on the item. Typically, we will allocate it across a few months. It may not always be twelve though. It also depends on when, where and how we are using the item. For example, rep cars. 

  1. How do you motivate employees to stay within the set budget?

We like to offer incentives such as Christmas bonuses, a big one is quarterly bonuses. We also do smaller things like lunches and more when we meet goals. 

  1. When expenses exceed income, do you focus more on lowering expenses, or increasing income? How do you decide where to put your focus?

We look at doing both. Since our business is heavily reliant on sales and advertising, we try to see if there is a problem with our current approach. We can offer incentives to buy if the manufacturer agrees. We also look at lowering expenses and why expenses would be greater than income. 

  1. Do you use a specific program or budgeting software to create your budget? What is it?

Like I said, I am fairly new in my position. We have a larger team that is located in Salt Lake and other states even that watch our numbers and budgets closely. If they notice anything out of the ordinary, they are pretty quick to contact us it feels like. 

 

I decided to interview my sister, she works for a car dealership. 

Week 9 Journal

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned a little bit more about staffing. I learned that I need to not procrastinate as much. I feel a bit guilty because I was late to getting to our staffing assignment. By the time I got to it, I found that my team had done most of the work. I should have been more on top of it so I could have involved myself more. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

I learned more about staffing, I did not realize the amount of work and issues that went into it. I still do not like doing group activities online, I really like talking to people face to face and picking up their body language also. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

I am going to appreciate our staffing much more. If I am not able to get days off that I wanted or when I hear complaints from coworkers I will remind myself that a lot of issues and stress goes into staffing. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I think that this material was helpful. I also think that it allows employees to understand the amount of work and thought that goes into staffing. This creates more respect for the schedule. 

Reflective Journal 8

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned about some of the nursing goals in the future. I also learned alot from the class discussion this week. I gained some insight from my fellow nursing students about the practice of NPs, nursing goals and more. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

As I mentioned above, some the strongest viewpoints and insights I gained came from the class discussion this week. I did not really think that NP’s were as limited as they were until reading another class mates post. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

I will ensure that I am keeping up with current practices and goals. I feel that as times change and technology advances that goals will as well. I think that the company I work for also tries to stay very engaged. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I feel that the information was helpful. I think that nurses should stay aware of current goals so that we can all work together as a profession and advance ourselves. 

Reflective journal 7

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned how to budget more efficiently. During the discussion, I learned more tips from fellow nurses who may have more experience in this area.

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

I hate team activities online honestly. As I mentioned above, I learned alot from team mates but it’s hard when I can’t talk to them face to face and pick up on body language and other ques. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

I will be more.conscious of supplies and wasting when I’m at work. I will also work to help my charge nurse and other administrators to help with budget costs when they approach. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I feel that this was very useful material. This material will help if I’m ever in an administrative position. It cam also currently help me to be a team player during budgeting situations. 

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