Reflective writing provides a good foundation for professional development, for both student nurses and registered nurses (Benbow & Jordan, 2013). This reflective essay will look at the importance of professional values in establishing a professional relationship with a service user. This reflection is based on an experience I had on my first clinical placement as a student nurse, working in a mental health setting within the North West of England. In order to comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Confidentiality (2015), I will protect the service user’s identity by referring to her as ‘Patient A’. Reflection is defined by Howatson-Jones (2013), as “a way of examining your experience in order to look for the possibility of other explanations and alternative approaches to doing things” (p. 6). The practice of reflection is important for numerous reasons. As stated by Hargreaves and Page (2013), reflections promote good practice and in the occurrence of a difficult or challenging situation, they can help to identify where things went wrong and how to improve the outcome for future incidents. As identified by Jasper, Rosser and Mooney (2013), reflection offers benefits to both the patient and the practitioner. Practitioners are more likely to avoid routine practice, continuously develop their knowledge and identify faults to improve on. Patients are more likely to receive higher standards of safety and better quality of care There are a number of different
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Reflecting on the situation that had taken place during my second placement working in the community. This will give me the perfect opportunity to develop and utilise my commutation skills in order to maintain the relationships with my patient. In this reflection, I am going to use Gibbs (1988) Reflective Cycle. This model is a recognised framework for my reflection. Gibbs (1988). Baird and Winter (2005,) give some reasons why reflection is require in the reflective practice. They state that a reflect is to generate the practice knowledge, assist an ability to adapt new situations, develop self-esteem and satisfaction as well as to value, develop and professionalizing practice. However, Siviter (2004)
This essay will consider ethics in nursing, discuss values and morals and how dignity and respect in patient care is influenced; considering the importance of reflection and the implications it has on effective practice from the perspective of a student nurse. The scenario “Call Me Joe” provided by Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2010a) highlights concerning issues and bad practice that are happening in modern day nursing practice, and using the Driscoll and Teh (2001) reflective model: What, Now What and So What, to consider the care that Joe is receiving; considering how the nursing practice affects him directly and the implications of the nature of knowledge in nursing practice. Part of the way in which nursing practice is
Reflection is described as a way of reviewing experiences from practice so that it can be described and analysed and used to change future practice (Bulman and Schutz, 2004).
I was eagerly waiting for my first placement to start because I knew very well that this is going to be a life changing experience for me both personally as well as a prominent stepping stone to my career as a nurse. I had many unforgettable experiences during this placement which provided me new knowledge and opportunities for self learning. But the experience described in this reflection was the most shocking and disappointing. This reflection is written on the basis of ethical values of maintaining commitments to clients and maintaining commitments to the nursing profession. The ethical value of maintaining commitments to clients is further explained by CNO (2009) as “,Nurses, as self-regulated professionals, implicitly promise to provide safe, effective and ethical care. Because of their commitment to clients, nurses try to act in the best interest of clients according to clients ’ wishes and the standards of practice. Nurses are obliged to refrain from abandoning, abusing or neglecting clients, and to provide empathic and knowledgeable care. The commitment to client also includes a commitment to respect family members and/or significant other(s), some of whose needs may conflict with those of clients.” CNO (2009) also suggest some behavioural directives to follow the value of maintaining commitments with client , such as putting needs and wishes of clients first ,advocating for maintaining quality client care and making all reasonable efforts to ensure that client safety and well-being is maintained during any job action.
Throughout this essay, I will use Gibb’s (1988) reflective model to structure my reflection (Appendix 1). I have chosen Gibb’s model as it is easy to use and is the preferred method for most healthcare professionals (Jayatilleke & Mackie, 2013). I will be paying particular attention upon: psychosocial factors, cultural
Nursing is a lifelong learning profession; we need to keep ourselves up to date with the latest practice and knowledge, so that we maintain our quality in nursing. Clinical reflections help us to identify our strength and weakness during the clinical practice. Therefore, we learn through experience and make ourselves become a better person and as a competent nurse. Hereby, I would like to share one clinical experience in my current work place. The steps in Gibbs’s Model of reflection are applied on my reflection:
Schön (1983) describes as reflecting on the incident whilst it can still benefit that situation rather than reflecting on how you would do things differently in the future. This is a useful tool to use in disciplines where the professional has to react to an event at the time it occurs – rather than having the luxury of being able to think about what happened and make changes at a later time. The benefits of reflection on assessing learning and clinical competence would enhance self esteem through learning as well as opportunity to practice and improve skills. It provides opportunity for rapid and progressive refocusing of work activity, thus to improving decision. Competence need great attention for the best care and it is very important that
(5 step guide) Using self-reflection to learn from your past experiences and apply your knowledge to future experiences links to the knowledge dimension. Self-reflection enables health professionals to make well-informed choices by continually acknowledging their feelings so that they do not act impulsively. Self-reflection enables us to know ourselves better so that we can help our clients more effectively. This is because they can reflect on their feelings and understand them better and empathise with clients when they experience similar feelings. (Gibson, Swartz and Sandenbergh, 2002: 14) In the next few paragraphs I will describe an experience with a health professional. Reflecting on how I felt during this experience will help me to understand my feelings, thoughts and behavior and to decide what I will do in my future as a health
Reflection is a tool used by many healthcare professionals. It is a method of critically analysing ones practice with the aim to see where changes or improvements can be made (Johns, 2004). Both the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) recognise reflection as a way of developing practice. Demonstrating an ability to learn from practice is seen as part of Continual Professional Development (CPD).
One important key that is fundamental to study skills is reflective practice. Stimulating personal and professional growth, closing the gap between theory and practice along with the improvement of the quality of care have association with engagement in reflective practice. Platzer et al 1997 identified that learning through reflection is more potent if there is an understanding of frameworks that encourage a structural process to guide the act of reflection. There are several models, which will help me to involve in the process of reflection. All of them could not be of my use. It is essential that I make choice of the framework that is most comfortable for me and will best assist me to learn from my experience. The most important aspect of engaging in reflective writing is being able to demonstrate a changed conceptual perspective. The process of reflective writing will lead to more than just gaining knowledge and it should also challenge the concepts and theories by which I make sense of
Reflection is where you inspect and analyse, your own thoughts and feelings. It allows you to gain a greater sense of understanding about yourself and the impact you have on the world (Fisher, Chew and Leow, 2015). It enables you to identify your strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to know which areas need support. Reflection is a fundamental part of being a counsellor, coach or mentor, as it plays a role in ensuring professional practise and the development of therapeutic relationships (Fisher, Chew and Leow, 2015). It also demonstrates your commitment to your clients and your career, as it shows you want to improve and develop. A useful way of reflecting is to use models of reflection to provide structure. Gibbs’ reflective cycle (Gibbs, 1988) is an effective model to use as it ensures all features of a particular situation have been studied and analysed, which will improve understanding of the situation if it occurs again in the future. It does this through six distinct steps.
In a healthcare setting reflection is the process of critiquing one’s experiences by analysing them based on the relevant literature. (Reid 1993) Professor Graham Gibbs provides a 6 stage process that can be followed: (Gibbs’ 1988)
According to Banks reflection can and should be used within the practice. He states that practitioners using reflection recognise ethical dilemmas and conflicts as they arise, become more confident in their own values, skills, and knowledge and install this confidence in the workplace, can reflect on their decisions and learn from them, become risk takers and are open to any
Reflection is characterized as learning through experience towards gaining new insights or changed perceptions of self and practice [Boud et al, 1985, Boyd and Fales, 1983, Schon, 1987.] Burns and Bulman [2000,] Redmond  and Bulman and Schutz  believe that
Active reflection gives nurses the confidence in terms of clinical decision making. It can also be a meaning of identifying strengths and weaknesses in practice and enabling nurses to learn from their mistakes. Despite this, critics of reflection say there is still