Reflection on a Critical Incident Essay

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The objective of this assignment is to explore and reflect upon a situation from a clinical placement. Reflective techniques will be used to reveal how well or badly the situation was handled. And how the incident, and the reflection has influenced personal learning and professional practice in relation to nursing care. According to Hogston and Simpson (2002, p398) reflection is "a process of reviewing an experience of practice in order to better describe, analyse and evaluate, and so inform learning about practice". Wolverson (2000, p24) includes this is an important process for all nurses wishing to improve their practice. This will be investigated using a reflective nursing model. In accordance with the 2002 Nursing and…show more content…
The layout of this assignment will follow the layout of John's model. Marks (2001, p38) discusses how well reflection is accepted across nursing. It has been advocated by the English National Board (1994), UKCC (1996) and a range of nursing literature, with the aim of improving practice via a structured means of identifying, reviewing and making sense of relevant practical knowledge. The ECG was the first to be performed alone. As the writer was nervous nothing about the patient was asked. Focus was only on the task in question. No hand over was given and no notes were left. The nurse said he would be back to check the results. It was then found that the patient did not speak any English and the friends had gone outside so there was no-one who could translate. During teaching we had been told that we never put the ECG away in the patients notes, but we must find a doctor to look at it immediately and it must be signed by this doctor. Firstly the ECG printout was looked at by another nurse who said it was alright and put it on the side. The writer did not think this was sufficient so took it and went to show it to a doctor. Being new to the hospital, it was not known who to approach and two different doctors both said to find some-one else to look at it. As time was passing, it was taken to the Emergency Nurse Practitioner as he was in sight. Instructions were to take the lady straight
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