Reflective Writing Using Gibb's Model of Reflection Essay

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Reflective Writing Essay

The following reflective writing essay will centre on a particular event that I witnessed. I will be using Gibbs’ model of reflection, from Gibbs, G. (1988). For confidentiality purposes, I will name my family member as Estelita who is a fifty five year old female.

Estelita was experiencing shortness of breath and chest pain. She called an ambulance, whereby a FRU car arrived, followed by a backup ambulance crew. The FRU responder performed a primary survey on Estelita, after which she was transported to the nearest hospital by the backup crew who made her walk to the ambulance at the start of the journey and on her arrival at A&E.

My initial feelings towards the
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Von Essen (1994) opposed the view that patients placed interpersonal aspects of caring as more important than care tasks. Interestingly, patients made few comments about technical excellence of health care professionals. Halldorsdottir and Hamrin’s (1997) study found that ‘patients emphasised the importance of professional competence over interpersonal aspects of care’. I think that as patients or family members, we automatically assume our health carers are technically competent and I felt that a more humanistic approach would not have exacerbated an already distressing situation. Thorne (1988) reported that patients perceived that communication with health care professionals was important in enhancing care quality.

The doctor found Estelita’s symptoms to be attributed to her condition Fibromyalgia which Wallace, Daniel J. (2003) states is a form of soft tissue rheumatism. A complaint was sent to the ambulance service regarding the crew’s conduct and a letter of apology was received.

In my future paramedic career, I will adhere to the HPC standard of conduct at all times and try to continue the chain of care until I handover my patient. Unlike the backup crew, I will try to remain professional at all times even though I might be faced by time, social and work pressures.


Danielson C.B., Hamel-Bissell B. & Winsted-Fry P., eds. (1993) Families, Health and Illness: Perspectives on Coping and
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