Reflective Account

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Outcome 1: Reflective Account No.1
Outcomes 1a, b, n, o, p, r and u

In this reflective account I will be using the Gibbs Reflective Cycle (Gibbs 1988). As stated by the NMC "You must respect people's right to confidentiality." (NMC 2010) So all names will be changed throughout this reflective account.

On my recent placement in Hairmyres hospital I had been asked by a nurse if I wanted to do the medicine round with them to get an idea of what it was like, I had agreed to this and found it interesting, during the round the nurse showing me was asked by another member of staff to do something, the nurse then asked me if I would finish putting two more tablets in the container and giving it to the patient, having read over the NMC code of conduct and remembering this statement from it “As a professional, you are personally accountable for actions and omissions in your practice and must always be able to justify your decisions”. (NMC 2010) I didn’t feel comfortable nor qualified to carry out this task and had said to the nurse that I couldn’t do it and justified my reasoning behind it, and if I had done anything wrong while giving out medication not only would it implement on me the nurse who had asked me to carry this task out would not be adhering to their body’s code of professional conduct.

I was worried about not wishing to do as the nurse had asked and was nervous in case it had caused any animosity the rest of the working day, this wasn’t the case and I feel we still had an effective working relationship and the nurse was still professional in showing me other tasks. On working together again we were in assisting a lady that had had a stroke and was needing moved up the bed using a sliding sheet, me preferring to opt out of administering medication previously had no effect on our working relationship, and the activity was carried out well between me and the nurse, with communication clear throughout and the patient receiving the holistic care...
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