The first clinical placement for my first semester of bachelor of nursing was in an old age home. In the old age home, my colleague and I had to take an interview with one elderly lady. We started talking to Mrs. X who is 88 years old. Mrs. X began sharing her experience with us. While talking, I found that my colleague was very much confident than me. She was responding Mrs. X with words and was asking questions whereas I was just smiling. Then, Mrs. X. asked me if I understood the meaning of the word that they were talking. I was very embarrassed because I had no idea about that term. During interview, it was sometimes difficult for Mrs. X to understand my accent so I asked my colleague to repeat the question. Also, Mrs. X seemed as if she felt awkward to answer question about her mental health.
I was uncomfortable with the situation because I had thought that old people would not be cooperative. I felt that Mrs. X would judge me as unintelligent if I asked her the meaning of the word so I just pretended like I understood it. However, she was very nice and explained everything very gracefully. I was also concerned about my accent but Mrs. X made good effort to understand me. For questions regarding mental health, I and my colleague tried to simplify the question by asking if she had depression, alzheimer’s etc. in her life. This time, she answered those questions very elegantly. Afterward, I began to talk more and ask questions to her. She was really supportive and we were able to collect lots of information from her. Later, I also talked to our instructor about the awkwardness I felt because of my accent and also while asking questions about mental illness. She then suggested different useful...