Reflection Upon A Critical Incident Essay

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This paper will reflect upon and explore a critical incident which occurred whilst attending a clinical placement. Reflective practice has become very popular over the last few decades throughout a variety of professions. In some professions it has become one of the defining features of competence. The wide spread utilization of reflective practice is due to the fact that it ‘rings true’ (Loughran, 2000). Within different disciplines, what is understood by reflective practice varies considerably (Fook et al, 2006). Despite this, some agreement has been achieved. In general, reflective practice is understood as the process of learning through and from experience towards gaining new insights of self and/or practice (Boud et al 1985;…show more content…
The model encourages the person to think systematically about and experience or activity and allows the opportunity to recognise areas that can be improved upon or developed. The model takes the form of a cycle, which uses a six step approach covering a description, feelings, analysis, evaluation, conclusion and finally action plan. My choice of model, over Johns (2000) model for example, was due to its clear structured cycle which allows the opportunity to renter a stage in order to try and improve upon a situation. Where as Johns (2000) model, does not allow this opportunity although it is a useful model as a guide for analysis of a critical incident. Although, I will have to develop the model to ensure that I critically analyse in order for it be of a higher standard at this stage of the training. The topic of reflection is a potential drug error made whilst on my clinical practise placement. The area of drug administration is an important role for nurses and therefore I will incorporate research evidence, policies and guidelines surrounding drug administration, discuss how the area can be developed and applied in professional practise. The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA 2010), defines a drug error as ‘any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate use of patient harm. Although not all drug errors have lead to patient harm it is important to recognise that if a mistakes has been
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