In this paper, I am going to reflect on the situation that took place during the interview session of my first clinical in an old age home. I am going to use Gibbs Model for Reflection (1988) for this reflective writing in my assignment.
The first clinical placement for my first semester of bachelor of nursing was in an old age home. In the old age home, my colleague and I had to take an interview with one elderly lady. We started talking to Mrs. X who is 88 years old. Mrs. X began sharing her experience with us. While talking, I found that my colleague was very much confident than me. She was responding Mrs. X with words and was asking questions whereas I was just smiling. Then, Mrs. X. asked me if I understood the meaning of the word that they were talking. I was very embarrassed because I had no idea about that term. During interview, it was sometimes difficult for Mrs. X to understand my accent so I asked my colleague to repeat the question. Also, Mrs. X seemed as if she felt awkward to answer question about her mental health.
I was uncomfortable with the situation because I had thought that old people would not be cooperative. I felt that Mrs. X would judge me as unintelligent if I asked her the meaning of the word so I just pretended like I understood it. However, she was very nice and explained everything very gracefully. I was also concerned about my accent but Mrs. X made good effort to understand me. For questions regarding mental health, I and my colleague tried to simplify the question by asking if she had depression, alzheimer’s etc. in her life. This time, she answered those questions very elegantly. Afterward, I began to talk more and ask questions to her. She was really supportive and we were able to collect lots of information from her. Later, I also talked to our instructor about the awkwardness I felt because of my accent and also while asking questions about mental illness. She then suggested different useful...
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