Reflection Essay

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Reflective Essay The aim of this essay is to reflect on an incident, which took place in a hospital setting during the first month of my Foundation Degree Assistant Practitioner course. It will explore the importance of communication amongst the health care professionals and how a good nursing documentation is an integral part of nursing. It will also demonstrate how reflection enabled me to make sense of and learn from this experience, as well as identify any further learning developments needed to improve my practice and achieve the level of competency needed for when I qualify as an assistant practitioner. While discussing the knowledge underpinning practice, evidence based literature will be reviewed to support my discussion and for…show more content…
I went out of the bay and called Helen and told her what had happened. She stated that Mrs Smith was known to have mood changes and be aggressive due to her dementia, which explained why she behaved that way. Mrs Smith suffered from Fronto-Temporal dementia, which is caused by damage to parts of the brain that help control emotional responses and behaviour. Therefore, many of the initial symptoms involve changes in emotion, personality and behaviour. NHS choices (2010). In a way, I felt better that it was nothing personal against me, however I felt angry that I was not warned by Helen, or other staff members that Mrs Smith can be aggressive. When I checked the handover sheet, dementia was written in the Colum for the medical history for Mrs Smith, but checking the previous entries in medical notes it only stated:”patient confused at times”. According to Alzheimer’s society (2011), it is important that all staffs are aware of the person’s dementia while in hospital. Any additional information that carers and family can give is valuable as it will help staff to see and respond to the person as an individual. The nurse in charge should explain to other members of staff how the person’s dementia can affect their behaviour and communication. Evaluation: After finishing my duties in my bay, I checked Mrs Smith nursing assessment which stated that she is prone to behaviour change and can be aggressive. I went for my lunch break and started reflecting on what

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