Title of Assignment: Reflective essay
Submitted to: Fiona Smith, Care Provision and Practice
Presented by: Shannon Hosey
As a Fetac Level 5 pre-nursing student, I am writing this essay to discuss how the content and practice experience in this module Care Provision and Practice has contributed to my development as a carer/nurse. The assignment will focus on my personal, interpersonal and professional skills that I have gained throughout my experience working as a care assistant at my work placement. I will discuss how the use of the nursing process is a systematic, rational method of planning and providing nursing care (Kozier et al.) which contributed to the plan of action to care for the patient. I will discuss how the patients respect, confidentiality and dignity were maintained throughout. I will be using what I have learned in my Care Provision and Practice module to put into place at my work placement. I will also do some research into the code of conduct and scope of practice to expand my knowledge on patient care such as gaining consent, maintaining dignity and maintaining dignity and respect. Briefly I will mention the nursing mode of activities of living models (Roper, Logan and Tierney). I will also discuss how I built up a therapeutic relationship with the patients in their time of need and how good communication with each and every patient is extremely important in helping them to share their problems with me. I found that understanding the definition of nursing really helped me in coping with patients and their health issues. "Nursing is the use of clinical judgement in the provision of care to enable people to: improve, maintain, or recover health, to cope with health problems, and to achieve the best possible quality of life, whatever their disease or disability until death." (Arnold, Underman Boggs 2003)
Going into my first day of work experience, I was nervous and did not know exactly what to expect. But on the other hand i felt confident and enthusiastic, knowing I had recently just completed my patient handling, effective hand washing technique, and also I was eager to learn new things and meet new people. I believed that I would be able to complete any task that was asked of me. Throughout this assignment i will use a pseudonym in order to respect the patients confidentiality. When I asked Mr. Morans consent to write about his condition and explained to him what my assignment would consist of, he was very willing to help me out and answer any questions that needed to be asked. Mr. Moran is an elderly patient at the nursing home for the past 5 years. He is 73 years old. He was first brought into the nursing home due to having nobody who could properly care for him. He has severe arthiritis in his hands, knees and ankles. He also has terminal cancer of the lungs. For a year, Mr. Moran went through radiation therapy, but sadly it did not work and he is now in his final few weeks. Sancta Maria provide Mr. Moran with the best palliative care they can, and from what i have seen he is comfortable and in no pain. That morning, Mr. Moran was intensively coughing, had a pain in his chest, and his voice was extremely hoarse. He seemed to be in a daze and had little memory. The nurses and care assitants did everything in their power to comfort Mr. Moran. He was put on an oxygen mask to ease his breathing, and given some medication to ease his pain. He had company all that day and was not once left on his own. Mr. Moran was very co-operative for this whole day. "The nursing process is a systematic, rational method of providing nursing care, its goal is to identify a patient's healthcare status and actual or potential health problems, to establish plans to meet the identified need, to deliver specific nursing interventions to address those in need and to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions." (Kozier et al 2008). The steps of the nursing...
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