All in all, after gathering information from my textbooks, classroom activities, and the nurse I interviewed I was able to construct my own definition of nursing. I define nursing as protecting, promoting, and optimizing a person’s health and abilities, alleviating their pain through diagnosis and evaluating the treatment of their response, and advocating for their care and their families. The interview definitely opened my eyes to view nursing in a different perspective, and how it can be an exhausting profession, but rewarding at the same time.
We often replay situations in our minds, thinking back on what occurred, reviewing interpersonal aspects of events, and maybe even second guessing our own actions during an event. This is when nurses learn most, as they attempt to make decision and reflect upon their actions (3). Self-reflections in nursing is something that a professional nurse considers throughout his or her entire career (7). By writing reflections the nurse can distance herself from the experience, enabling more objective writing in the reflection
In this Learning Style essay, I reflect on an experience during my practicum where a conflict with a superior allowed me to see both the positive aspects and hindrances in my learning style. These nuances in my learning style, which I gained more insight of with the LSI and LCS, have allowed me to critically analyze how I will make my learning as a nursing student more effective. My experience with an older nurse during my practicum at Langley Memorial Hospital, along with the results of the LSI and LCS, have given me the insight to critically examine both my advantages and faults as a learner who values teamwork. In the conclusion of this essay, I will develop a plan that not only addresses my effective learning abilities, but also areas
Aesthetic knowing is gained through knowledge and experience. In school, we learn about nursing by textbook and lectures, but in life we gain experiences through our patients and other nurses. Aesthetic as described by Oettinger is “situations and humans, while alike in general and predictable ways, remain unique and different. (Chinn & Kramer, 2015) According to Butts and Chinn (2015), aesthetic knowing in nursing is expressed by transformative art and acts. I knew through my aesthetic knowledge that 726 was angry because he was scared, did not understand what was happening or in fear of the future.
Kohn (2001) believes praise given should not make an individual feel manipulated, controlled or encouraged to only depend on someone else’s approval. Instead it should contribute to intrinsic motivation. I concur with Kohn’s opinion that praise should contribute to intrinsic motivation because praise should help pupils through the learning process of building their own judgements of their performance. However, I also agree with Young, (2005) who believe praise used to reprimand pupils is an effective method of managing behaviour. (e.g ‘Sam, you’re the last person I would have thought would interrupt me, you normally listen so well).
“Maybe reflective practices offer us a way of trying to make sense of the uncertainty in our workplaces and the courage to work competently and ethically at the edge of order and chaos…” (Ghaye, 2000, p.7) In order to fully understand the personal development and reflective reasoning in relation to your development in the Nursing field, one will have to define these two terminologies. Personal development means to include activities that improve awareness, can develop potential that will ultimately enhance the quality of life. Medical colleges advocate personal development plans as a basis for continuing professional development. Whereas, reflective reasoning is where a nurse can apply learning and insights of others into their own work. In nursing courses students learn through lecture and discussion, which is the primary method for teaching theoretical principles, but when you add a more complete understanding of the relationship between theory and practice one may become a more competent nurse.
Preceptors are nurses who have passion for nursing and the patients being taken care of and want other nurses to feel and gain that same passion. Preceptors, who are looked to as mentors and role models, need to be extremely supportive because student nurses can be intimidated and quickly realize that what was taught in the classroom is completely different in real time. Preceptors should be evaluated of the teaching given and be willing to change in accordance of how different student nurses learn. A preceptor’s commitment to the program and to the student nurses is critical in having a success program and preceptor/student nurse experience (Robitaille,
For some, procrastination is a study habit. Some may even describe it as a positive habit that helps their grade more than it hurts it. Procrastination potentially can act as a pressure inducer, causing the student to create much higher quality work than if they had gradually worked on it over time. This idea may not make sense to all, but this is a legitimate study technique for many students, as seen in my interviews. Limits must be known in order to use procrastination in a positive sense, which is why it is so commonly portrayed in an unfavorable way.
A study conducted by academics found that undergraduate nurses feel reflection is the key to changing and improving their practice. (Bulman, Lathlean, & Gobbi, 2011). Reflection assists nurses to enhance their nursing abilities by encouraging them to reflect on negative experiences, in order to overcome similar experiences in the future. This essay will aim to demonstrate the importance of reflection within nursing, additionally providing me with a platform to reflect on my decision to become a nurse. I will begin by reflecting upon the factors that influenced me to choose nursing, followed by an explanation of the benefits that reflection has on nursing.
In order to fulfill the outcome of client centered nursing practice, a registered nurse must care for a patient that enhance a patient’s health by humanistic means; as previously mentioned, I learned to establish a therapeutic relationship through the qualities of patient respect, empathy, and consideration (course syllabus for 285). I demonstrated this through increased understanding of respect, empathy, and consideration by learning about these aspects of care and refining them as the semester progressed. In order to be sufficient in communication and collaboration skills, a registered nurse must use their social skills, their tact, and their collaboration skills in order to effectively involve the patient or community in an appropriate level of their own care (course syllabus for 285). This was demonstrated through my mention of the NURS 288 community health report, communicating with team members and community partners during my off campus time, and my developed understanding of nonverbal