Using Gibb's model of reflection, reflect on a challenging experience from practice

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Using Gibbs’ (1998) model of reflection, updated by Bulman (2012), reflect on a challenging experience from your practice and analyse the strategies used to manage it. 3276 Words The purpose of this essay is to reflect on a challenging situation I experienced during clinical practice as a student nurse. The essay will discuss my thoughts and feelings surrounding the situation and analyse the coping strategies I used in managing the situation, linking to relevant theory throughout in order to provide evidence for practice. The essay will also consider person-centred care and whether this was delivered to the patient. To conclude, the essay will discuss what I have learnt from the experience and how this experience will improve my future…show more content…
This would also happen during the night when patients were sleeping. She was often tearful, and at times she would become very distressed and attempt to leave the ward. Due to her having been admitted because of a fall, she was considered high risk for falls, so it was deemed necessary, where possible, to have one member of staff with her at all times to ensure that her safety was not compromised. There were other incidents and challenging behaviours with Mrs Smith, but I have chosen to focus on the situation where she was distressed about the absence of her husband as it was such a fundamental issue for her and a focus for her dementia, therefore a huge challenge for me as a student nurse in knowing how to properly respond. During a late shift on the ward, my mentor asked if I would stay with Mrs Smith whilst she gave out medication in order to ensure she wouldn’t be left on her own and fall. I introduced myself to Mrs Smith and sat with her in her room. It became apparent to me quite quickly that she was obviously very confused and she was not fully aware that she was in a hospital, as she repeatedly asked me where she was. On being told she was in hospital she would say no and shake her head. It wasn’t long before she asked me when her husband would be there to take her home, to which I replied

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