MentalHealth

United States
April 28, 2013 10:20pm CST
I just retired from hospital teaching. I don't know about other cities, but Los Angles has a special section in a hospital for students who are ill or have mental illnesses. UCLA has a special department for students who have mental problems. I worked with students who have eating problems, who are deeply depressed, who are schitzophrenic, and who have other mental issues. I'm there to help them with their class work. this is important because some of them are at this hospital for two weeks or more sometimes. It is important for them to keep up with their school work while they are being treated.
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• Canada
29 Apr 13
Is this for any student attending UCLA? Or just hospital staff who are students? Because things like schizophrenia are quite serious diseases and I am not sure I would want a nurse, doctor or medical practitioner with this ailment dealing with the general public.
• United States
29 Apr 13
No, I can understand how you got confused. Being a teacher in the hospitals are there for any school kids between the ages of five and eighteen. These are kids who have to be hospitalized for whatever reason. There are five hospitals in Los Angeles that take in children. Since these children are missing their school work, if they are well enough, special teachers help them with their assignments from their school or give them other work to do that is related to the subjects that they are studying at their school. School work is given to students who are in the hospital for more than one week.
• Canada
29 Apr 13
Ah okay this makes total sense now. Sorry I misread you, as I thought you were saying UCLA medical students with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses were getting treatment at the hospital while they studied and I thought that was a bit strange. Helping those young children out is definitely a great public service and a rewarding job which means a lot to many people. Congrats on the good work.
• New York, New York
31 Dec 14
yes i agree with you
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
29 Apr 13
You are such a wonderful person and you have the gift to communicate effectively with those in need to help them in their education. Could you share with us your unique experience there. I did read in the local newspaper where some teachers are teaching full time in the hospital so that those young students won't missed out in their school syllabus especially those who are sitting for the Government Exams.
• United States
29 Apr 13
Sometimes parents will bring in their school work from the school that they are attending. If their regular teacher leaves assignments for them, the hospital teacher follows up on these assignments. Most of the times, hospital teachers do not get assignments from the regular teachers. Many of the patients bring in their school books so the hospital teachers continue doing what their regular teachers would be doing. The assignments may not be exactly the same, but the subject matter that these students need will be taught. For example if one of their subject is American History, the hospital teacher will find an assignment for them to read on a topic related to American History. If these students did not bring any of their text books to the hospital, there are many text books that the hospital has that a teacher can get. Also, there are loads of lesson plans that have already been typed up and are filed away in a special file for these teachers. For example, if a student is studying U.S. History, I might look up Abraham Lincoln in the files. There are plenty of math pages for all grade levels.
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
29 Apr 13
Thanks Happielady85, I understand better now. Truly appreciates it :)
• Philippines
29 Apr 13
I have no experience regarding this area but I am actively teaching or promoting how to handle negative experiences in life. It is a fact that we will be hurt. Friends can betray us, the dreams we are longing for might disappoint us, etc. It is a fact that suffering is part of life; but how we deal with pain is an utmost important questin. IT can either help us matured or pull us down in despair. I promote more, positive thinking, hope in God, etc.
@desiree91 (515)
• Malaysia
29 Apr 13
Have you ever dealt with a case in which a medical student is involved? Because medicine as we know it is a tough course.
• United States
29 Apr 13
No, I haven't. No, my students were kids from kdg. through 12th grade.
@cgalavia (1406)
• Philippines
30 Apr 13
Wow! It's an amazing job.You are giving opportunity to students to learn even though they have a mental illness,I think this kind of job is very interesting at the same time very challenging,you have to be patient and handled them well.The work might be really difficult but the feeling that you are helping others to keep moving was really rewarding.It only means that disability is not a hindrance to pursue their learning potentials.That there is no limit to be educated.Good job friend.Hope, you can help more.