Reflection: Health Care Assistant

Topics: Health care, Illness, Health care provider Pages: 3 (805 words) Published: January 31, 2011

Reflective assignment 2
The purpose of this essay is to reflect on my personal role in the inter-professional team and the delivery of healthcare that I have encountered during my duty as a health care assistant in one of the hospitals here in England. In accordance with the NMC (2002) Code of professional conduct, confidentiality shall be maintained and all names have been changed to protect identity. The purpose of reflection as stated by John's (1995) is to promote desirable practice through the practitioner's understanding and learning about his/her lived experiences. I have decided to reflect upon an incident with the nurse in charge in one of my shifts and in order to structure my reflection I have decided to use John's (1995) model of reflection. This model encourages practitioners to work through a series of reflective cues, the last of which is concerned with personal learning. John's (1995) model provides a good example of an approach to reflection on action (or reflection on practice). Reflection on action, which takes place after the event, allows the practitioner to revisit an experience with the intention of exploring and learning from an activity. Context

It was incident when I was taking the observations of six patients on a night shift. I was specializing for two confused and agitated patients but due to the lack of staff I had to look after four other patients on the same bay. In the morning while I was taking the oxygen saturation of one of the patients, the nurse in charge interrupted and asked me to do something and said she can continue what I was doing. Before I left the patient, I saw the oxygen saturation of the patient at eighty five (85) percent. But when I came back for the patient, the nurse told me it was at ninety seven (97) percent. At first, I was hesitant to contradict the nurse in charge since I was still new at the hospital. But with confidence that I was right and the welfare of the...
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