Reflection on Key Skill

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Reflection: Adult to ill health. Y2 SEM 2
This reflection will reflect upon a key skill that I still need to develop in clinical practice. It will mainly look at numeracy. A significant event will be outlined in order to demonstrate my knowledge to the key skill and then discuss key skill in relation to nursing practice. The Gibbs model of reflection (1988) will be used to reflect on what happened; discuss my actions, thoughts and my feelings. A Personal Development Plan will be provided to show how future learning needs will be met (see appendix 1). Personal development plans are individuals plan for what an individual knows about a skill, what they need to know and how they plan on achieving their own set goals. (Grit 2009). Newell (1997) described reflective practice as a way one can examine their own actions, thoughts and feelings. Furthermore, he states that reflection provides data for self- examination and increases learning from experience. When you reflect on a situation you do not simple see more, you see differently. The different way of viewing a situation is reflected in statements about commitment to action (Atkins and Murphy 1994). I will reflect in first person. It can be justified and appropriate to write in the first person, as it would be deceptive to discuss such a personal experience using the neutral objective of the third person (Webb, 1992). It was during my 2nd year of my nurse training in a Northwest West Hospital. I had been on placement for about 5 weeks and I was working alongside my mentor. It was a neuro-surgery ward and we were looking after patients with neurological problems. Names will be changed in order to protect confidentiality (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2008). A patient I will call Mr Smith, was a 32 years old male who had been admitted to our ward. He was having a craniotomy after he had had severe brain damage. Because of the nature of the surgery, the trust policy states that antibiotics should be...
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