The Compassionate Care And Key Elements

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The purpose of this reflective essay is to critically analyze compassionate care and key elements. Compassionate care is an understanding of patients suffering and placing patients them at the heart of care (Chochinov, 2007).The format of this essay will follow Gibbs reflective cycle (Gibbs, 1988) as a reflection technique to evaluate and explore. The care aspect to be examined is compassion in wound management. Cutting (2010) highlights that nurses are required to have a good knowledge when managing a wound. Therefore it is a valuable and crucial skill that nurses can reflect on their past and present experiences to strengthen their clinical decisions and approaches (Jasper, 2006). To maintain confidentiality the patients name has been changed to “Beth”, this is within accordance of the Nursing and Midwifery Council code of practice (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2015). Description My mentor and I were allocated six patients to look after. One of the patients we looked after was Beth. Beth was a 79 year old lady who had an elective knee replacement and has never been in hospital before. We took handover and left the nursing station. It was my first day and I was not sure what to expect and was nervous. I said to my mentor that I did not recall from handover that Beth’s dressing had been changed. I then challenged my mentor as to why it had not been changed, as I thought that dressings needed frequent changing. My mentor said to me check the dressing and see if
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