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Critical Analysis of an Incident

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The purpose of this essay is to critically examine an incident from recent practice using a model of reflection. This will enable me to analyse and make sense of the incident and draw conclusions concerning personal learning outcomes. The meaning of critical analysis and critical incidents will briefly be discussed followed by the process of reflection. The incident will then be described and analysed and then I will discuss issues raised in light of the recent literature relating to the incident. I will conclude with explaining what I have learned from the experience and how it will change my future actions.

In keeping within current legislation on the protection and respect of an individuals’ right of anonymity, (Clamp, Gough and Land 2004; Polit and Beck 2007), and to confidentiality, (Burns and Grove 2003; Munhall 2007), any and all possible identifiable characteristics of the client have either been altered or omitted entirely where the potential for identification of the client was seen as possible or probable.

Critical analysis involves assessing the differences, beliefs, benefits and disadvantages of a situation. (Polit and Hungler 1999). Bulman (Bulman 2008) express that it is an important skill in professional practice and academic work. Engaging in critical analysis is a positive and constructive process as it identifies any strengths and weaknesses. (Girot 2001)

Bulman (Bulman 2008) described critical incidents, as incidents that
have had an emotional impact on individuals whereby the incident may
be a positive or negative one. They are a means of examining
significant incidents or situations in the practice area and they
encourage individuals to look back and learn from the particular
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