Patient Structured Reflection

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Utilising John’s model of structured reflection I will reflect on the care I instigated to a patient with complex needs. The patient in question was admitted to the Emergency Assessment Unit for surgical patients then transferred to the ward where I work as a staff nurse. The patient in question was admitted with suspected pancreatitis. This piece of reflection will pay particular attention to the care I gave the patient in the form of instigating admission documentation, assessing their condition, instigating care plans and administration of any medications required. The patient in question had complex needs and as a staff nurse and according to the NMC (2009) I should be able to provide the care he/she required. The main aim of this reflection is to demonstrate that I provided this care. During my training as a student nurse, I have been involved with many patients with complex needs of a with the support of a mentor, however this was, primarily, the first time since qualified and on completion of my registration that I became responsible and accountable for my practice. Reflection is a significant component of pre-registration education (Davis et al.2000). Hillard (2006) claims that for practitioners to learn from an experience they need to go beyond description and should reflect on their experiences in practice as this could potentially uncover any underlying influences, motivations and knowledge. Reflecting on an experience could then be identified as a process to bridging the gap between theory and practice (Bulman & Schutz, 2004). DESCRIPTION The patient was transferred into my care via the Emergency Assessment Unit for Surgical Patients (EAUS). I was given handover by the charge nurse who has already pre-a... ... middle of paper ... ...e disease process of pancreatitis. This situation has changed my practice by looking more in-depth into disease processes and the complications I could be faced with. I need to beware of how conditions can change and always be one step ahead in foreseeing these changes to be able to deal with these situations when they arise. REFERENCES Bulman, C. & Schutz, S. (2004) ‘Reflective Practice in Nursing’ 3rd Edition Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Davis, C; Finlay, L; & Bullman, A. (2000) ‘Changing Practice in Health and Social Care, London: Open University Press Dougherty, L. & Lister, s. (2006) ‘The Royal Marsden Hospital manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures: Communication 6th Edition Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd Hillard, C. (2006) ‘Using structured reflection on a critical incident to develop a personal portfolio’, Nursing Standard Vol 21(2) 35-40
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