reflective essay

Topics: Grief, Nursing, Nurse Pages: 4 (765 words) Published: May 2, 2014


Reflective essay: Related to an area of my work

In this task I will be reflecting upon an incident undertaken on area of my work. The model of reflection I’ve chosen is Gibbs (1988), which involves reflection on the description, feelings, evaluation, conclusion and action plan (Gibbs 1988). The Gibbs (1988) reflective cycle is fairly straightforward and encourages a clear description of the situation, analysis of feelings, evaluation of the experience, analysis to make sense of the experience, conclusion where other options are considered and reflection upon experience to examine what you would do if the situation arose again. The procedure in which I will be reflecting upon is Last offices; I chose this due to how constructive and valuable it was in my personal and professional development as a student practitioner nurse.

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I will make a reference to one incident that I experienced in practice. Due to confidentiality, all names in this reflection of my experience have not mentioned to respect the privacy and confidentiality of the patient and other healthcare professionals. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2009).

At the start of my shift we all have to report to our handover to take report about our patient diagnosis and health condition. I have told by my mentor to help her, about the grieving family of the patient. It is our responsibility to provide support to family as necessary. We bring them to a quiet room and offer them a drink. It is also necessary to express our sincere sympathy. If this is the case excellent communication will be required to ensure the procedure aids the grieving process and minimizes the distress. This will involve explaining the p. 2 of 3

rationale for certain aspects and providing support and reassurance. The procedure should not expose the family...
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