The Purpose Of This Essay Is To Examine An Interaction

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The purpose of this essay is to examine an interaction from my clinical placement, which has required me to demonstrate professional conduct (NMC 2015). Professionalism is ‘achieving excellence in patient-focused care; to practise with awareness, competence and compassion to high ethical and clinical standards with up-to-date knowledge’ (Brown and Gobbi 2007:5). Therefore it is vital that nurses, student nurses and all other NHS workers conduct themselves professionally as this will lead to them adhering to the patients’ needs effectively, resulting in a higher standard of care being provided. Nurses are governed by the Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC), who sets out codes, rules and regulations. This code is the foundation of good…show more content…
This therefore shows that I respected the patients autonomy. Consequently, the HCA realised her error and washed her hands, disinfected the apparatus resulting in the situation not exacerbating.
Bree- Williams and Waterman (1996) found that an astonishing 33% of nurses contaminated their hands and equipment while at work. This symbolises that infection control is not being correctly maintained within the NHS and therefore there should be a greater reinforcement of its importance. Hand hygiene is said to be the most cost-effective way to save lives and additionally, putting more emphasis on the six steps of handwashing will be beneficial (WHO, 2009). In situations like this, confidentiality and abiding by the data protection (1998) act is very important hence why I took her to the side, as this maintained a therapeutic relationship due to me preserving her dignity and privacy (NMC 2015). I maintained professionalism through communicating in a polite and non-confrontational manner. The incident also demonstrates as a student nurse, I am able to, maintain safety as I safeguarded the patient and I am capable of knowing when to take action. My competent behaviour was demonstrated thus symbolising my professionalism as I had the courage to confront her and also the empirical knowledge that hands are the most important vectors for MRSA which is spread by skin to skin contact (Cooper, 2004 Huskins
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