One of the clinical skills which I become competent in during my clinical placement is bed washing a patient. I had little or no knowledge of how to wash a patient in a hospital before and this training has provided me an ample opportunity to learn this skill. The reflective model I have chosen to describe my essay is Gibbs model (Gibbs 1998).Gibbs model of reflection is one of the most popular models of reflection and divided into six step process of reflective cycles. These are incorporates in the following: Description of the event, feelings, evaluation, analysis, conclusion, and action plan. I would use this model to describe my essay while relating the theory to the practice.
Patient’s personal hygiene is a vital part of the nurse’s role. Young (1991) described cleanliness as a basic human right, not a luxury the need for the patient to physically cleansing and which would include skin, hair and nails.
Bed bath can benefit patients immensely as it ensured that there individual needs are met, improved patients psychologically as they maintain their self-esteem and a positive body image. Nurses and patient relationship can be improved through bed bathing as patients can use their closeness with the nurse to discuss issues that trouble them. Bed bath are only suitable for patients who are bed bound, critically ill patients who need some assistance and elderly patients.
First stage of Gibbs (1998) model of events requires a description of events.
After the handover, I was asked by my mentor to attend to a patient who is bed ridden to have her personal care done with the assistance of one of the health care assistant staff. The patient was recently admitted to the ward and she looks sc...
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Aware that, different nurses has their own ways approach to bed washing of patients and as a student nurse, I would always make sure that I followed the general policy or local policy that is in place so that, the care of the patients are met.
In conclusion my reflection skills have helped me structure my feelings and thought.
Help improved my clinical skills and professional development, made me proactive and thus have learnt that reflection is an important tool for student nurse to improve on their practice.
I would continue to reflect and always make sure to follow the local policy regarding bed washing and would seek to improve my knowledge about bed washing of patient and seek advice on things that I do not know. This advice would be use to improve my knowledge and the service of the patient I care for.
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