This reflective essay will lay emphasis on one of the learning needs I have developed during my two

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This reflective essay will lay emphasis on one of the learning needs I have developed during my two week taster placement in hospital. Reflection helps an individual build upon their skills and makes room for self-criticism as he or she can contemplate upon actions and make relevant changes (Taylor, 2000). I will be applying the “What”, “So what” and “Now what” model of reflection by Driscoll (2000) in this piece of work because it is a more coherent and comprehensible approach to follow when writing a reflective account and is also an easier guide to writing reflections. The learning need I chose to reflect on from my learning plan is having a better understanding of diabetes and the 6 basic medications used in treating the condition…show more content…
Most of the patients were on insulin but different types and doses namely rapid-acting, short-acting, intermediate-acting, long-acting, and pre-mixed depending on the individual’s response to insulin (WebMD, 2014). The incident that helped me achieve my learning need was when a diabetic patient in his late thirties known as patient A, was admitted with a diabetic foot ulcer medically referred to as a neuropathic foot ulcer. Krentz and Bailey, 2001 in their research found that neuropathic foot ulcers generate when diabetes causes nerve damage in the feet and alters the ability for the feet to feel pain. This causes unnoticed ulcers on the affected feet which later develop into bigger ulcers. On the morning of my third day, after handovers, I went on drug rounds with my mentor and for patient A, I noticed that he had 6 different types of drugs for his diabetic condition. Most of the drugs that were administered to him were also given to other diabetes patients on the ward. I told my mentor what I had noticed and he confirmed that those 6 drugs were commonly used for diabetic patients. I listed down those drugs in a small pocket diary I always carried along on that ward. Later that day during lunch break, I sat with my mentor and discussed my learning needs with him making mention of this particular one and discussed measures that would help me achieve my objectives. When I got home that day I did a research

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