A Medical Office

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[Screenshot of a woman in a blue smock behind a counter in a medical office] My work as a nurse [Screenshot of the nurse's face] requires me to learn and use different skills. [Screenshot of a patient walking into Office 4; the patient holds out her hand and then shakes hands with the nurse.] Some skills, like communicating, using documents, [Screenshot of the nurse reviewing a form. She then picks up a vial and reads the label] and writing, [Screenshot of the nurse sitting at a desk and writing information in a file] are common to all jobs [Screenshot of a pyramid divided into three sections. The bottom section is labelled "Essential Skills"; the middle section is labelled "Technical Skills" and the top section is labelled "Job/Workplace Specific Skills". The bottom section is highlighted] so we call them "Essential Skills" or transferable skills. [Screenshot of the skills pyramid in which only the middle section, labelled "Technical Skills", is highlighted] Others are technical skills specific to health care occupations, such as giving an injection to a patient. [Screenshot of a nurse preparing to give an injection - she holds the medicine vial up, inserts the needle into the vial and then pulls the plunger to withdraw the fluid. She then walks over to the patient and inserts the needle into her upper arm. She then places a bandage over the injection site.]
[Screenshot of the skills pyramid in which only the top section, labelled "Job/Workplace Specific Skills", is highlighted] I must also follow patient care and emergency procedures specific to my hospital, such as when a patient has an allergic reaction to the injection. [Screenshot of the medical office where we see a nurse discussing a form with the patient - the skills pyramid with the top section, labelled "Job/Workplace Specific Skills", highlighted is now reduced in size and located on the left of the screen. We then see the nurse sitting at her desk signing a form. The skills pyramid is now shown on the right of the screen.]
[Screenshot of the skills pyramid in which all three sections are highlighted] I use all of these skills to perform my job tasks as a nurse. All of these skills are important in my work. [Screenshot of the skills pyramid in which only the bottom section, labelled "Essential Skills", is highlighted] Having strong Essential Skills is particularly important since they are the foundation for learning the technical and workplace specific skills required by my job. Think of them as the "Velcro Skills" to which all other skills stick. Having strong Essential Skills is not only important at work, but also in everyday life. [Screenshot of the nurse placing the plastic sheet into the garbage]