Skill Development Essay

3112 Words Mar 13th, 2011 13 Pages
Skill development.
This assignment will concentrate on one psychomotor skill in which competency has been achieved, as well as reflection.
This assignment will also outline the rationale for the choice of skill and will describe the model of reflection and skill acquisition chosen, development of the process and reflection on the effect for future learning in terms of knowledge and skill acquisition. The evidence for the accomplishment of this skill has been documented within the skill Development Profile at the level of competent.
A psychomotor skill is defined by Chapelhow et al (2005) as “a term used in nursing in relation to carrying out a procedure or series of coordinated steps when performing a clinical skill.” In
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However as I have progressed I have decided to use a more appropriate model, better oriented to discussed experience and progression to help add structure to this essay. For the purpose of this essay I will be using Rolfe et al (2001). First placement skill done, observed
According to Brenner (2001) the novice practioner has little perception about the situation. During my first clinical placement, I was provided with basic knowledge like the normal rages, these are 12- 20 breaths/min Dougherty & Lister (2004) and experience from previous lectures and skills workshops. At this stage I had no experience of a hospital environment and was unaware of how to link theory to practice, this highlighted my lack of knowledge and limitations of the skill, due to this I found reflection and peer discussion essential in highlighting my weaknesses and areas in need of improvement.
Initially before I took any respirations I explained the procedure to my patient so that I ensured that I gained ‘informed consent’ in accordance with the NMC (2008:2) which states; “you must ensure that you gain consent before you begin any treatment or care” which was received in the form of ‘implied consent’. The respirations were used for baseline observation on admission as well as indicators of pain or distress.
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