Reflection: Nursing and Professional Student Nurse

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|Reflective Essay | Introduction The aims and objectives of this assignment are to reflect on an incident and to explore and discuss research and theory with my understanding of the incident. Within this study the client referred to will be called Mr Bloggs, this is in order that his real name is protected and that his confidentiality will be maintained, in line with the UKCC code of conduct (1992). This contributes to one of the four NMC outcomes (Professional/ethical practice). My critical incident took place at a local Hospital during my thirty weeks placement. In order to help me with my reflection I have chosen Gibbs (1988), as the model to help guide my reflective process. This is an iterative model…show more content…
If I only had said to the nurse in charge that Mr Bloggs was very agitated and could become violent, perhaps the incident could have been avoided. It is suggested that reflection can be used as a tool to facilitate learning through practice, this involves not only taking action in practice but also learning from practice through reflection (Palmer, Burns and Bulman, 1994). I felt that I was not taking action because I did not pass the information through to the nurse in charge. Evaluation Reflecting on the incident I feel that I did not act as a professional ‘student nurse’ which I should have done. Simon, Howe and Kirschenbaum (1978) argued that many people are unaware of their own value system and therefore have difficulty in knowing how to make decisions about how to act. I could have avoided the incident by speaking out and making staff aware of Mr Blogg’s feelings. According to Burns and Bulman (1994) self-awareness is a foundation skill built upon reflective practice. It underpins the whole process of reflection. It is also an essential for developing good interpersonal skills and building therapeutic relationships with patients (Burns and Bulman, 1994). This contributes to the NMC outcomes (Care Delivery). In regard to my reflection this was not applied, which lead to Mr Bloggs’ frustration. This could also be due to the fact that I am still a student and without the experience to act and decide professionally. From the start I should

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