A Clinical Experience Of The Nursing And Midwifery Council ( Nmc ) Code Of Professional Conduct

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The purpose of this assignment is to reflect upon a clinical experience in which dignity was maintained. What is Dignity? One of the fundamental of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code (2008) is ‘Make the care of people your first concern, treating them as individual and respecting their dignity’. The aim of the essay is to analyse how dignity can be promoted in a busy hospital ward. Dignity is a difficult question to answer and is a topic on the news especially after the Mid Staffordshire public inquiry report where Dignity was highlighted that needs improvement. I have picked that particular event as I had spent quite a bit of time with that patient and it motivated me to think of the importance of Dignity whilst she was under my…show more content…
Due to my previous work experience working with the elderly, I was quite fortunate but got very limited knowledge in nursing care. It was Monday morning, during handover we were given an updated bed plan of all the patients in the ward, and the senior staff nurse informed us, they have had a new admission over the weekend. Mrs Rees, 89, lives at home with her Husband. She suffers with Dementia, and is currently on antibiotic treating her urinary infection. She came in on Sunday following a fall at home. Mrs Rees has had a very unsettled night, calling out, shouting and refusing assistance with personal care. Once handover was over, my mentor asked me to check on Mrs Rees. I knocked Mrs Rees door, asking permission if I could enter her room. She was sitting by the window and seemed very distressed, tearful asking for “Jim”. I introduced myself as a student Nurse, and I positioned myself to her eye level and asked Mrs Rees why she was upset? She asked me “Where is Jim!?” I pulled my bed plan out of my pocket, and looked if there was any information on there about “Jim”, but nothing apart that she live with her husband. I got closer to her, hold her hand and reassure her that she was ok and I will go and find out about Jim’s whereabouts. There was a sigh of relief on her face, and she squeezed my hand saying thank you. She was obviously very anxious saying Jim has left her here and don’t
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