Reflection Paper On Clinical Experience

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My First Clinical Experience: A Reflective Journey Look Back I believe placing student nurses in the clinical setting is vital in becoming competent nurses. Every experience the student experiences during their placement has an educative nature therefore, it is important for the students to take some time to reflect on these experiences. A specific situation that stood out to me from my clinical experience was that; I didn’t realize I had ignored the patient’s pain until I was later asked by the nurse if the patient was in any pain. Elaborate It was early morning, so I was assisting my patient with morning care. The patient needed assistance with transfers, so I was assisting her to transfer from her…show more content…
During my care, I was not interacting with the patient rather I was ignoring her statements. Although I was listening attentively and demonstrating attending behaviours by maintaining eye contact and appropriate nonverbal cues I was not connected to her verbally. It is important that there is client-centered communication to make the patient feel comfortable at all times. When the patient was discussing her pain I did not ask the appropriate questions. It is crucial that nurses respond to client empathetically and in a knowledgeable manner (Maruca et al., 2015). Responding to the patient makes them feel understood. In this particular situation because the patient was discussing her pain, I should have assessed her pain. My main focus during the transfer was completing the task and I was unaware of what was happening around me. Empathy often is lost in nursing student in the clinical settings as they become more focused on their professional skills (Maruca et al., 2015). However, if I had felt more competent about my skills I would have been more able to focus less on the task and more on the patient’s feelings. I was not considering the patient’s feelings and was more concerned with my own which was very selfish of me. It is important to gain insight into what the patient is experiencing, what the illness…show more content…
I think it is important that I clarify my own values to ensure that my care is client-centered. Self- reflection during care is also fundamental as it makes me aware of my actions and whether they are establishing a therapeutic relationship or doing the opposite.. Finally, I need to learn to be more empathetic towards my patient’s situations by being interactive, gaining insight and avoid being focused on the task and more on being with the situation. Some things that I will preserve are attentively listening, demonstrating attending behaviours and maintaining my patient’s dignity by ensuring privacy and
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