This essay will demonstrate my reflective abilities within an episode of care in which I have been involved with during my practice placement. It will discuss several issues binding nursing practice with issues of ethics and the model of reflection which provided me with a good structure and which I found most appropriate, is Gibbs model (Gibbs 1988). This particular model incorporates - description, feelings, evaluation, analysis, conclusion and the action plan.
I have examined my own values and beliefs to the individual receiving care and have integrated and explored theory related to this in order to discuss and debate these values which underpin professional practice.
I have chosen to reflect on my observation of the death of a patient in his early 60’s following intensive CPR and the situation which occurred directly after this. I have highlighted areas of professional practice regarding sensitivity to cultural aspects after death which could be improved.
I have omitted names and locations of individuals to comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council code of conduct (2008), which relates to client confidentiality, so for this purpose, my patient will be called Mohammed.
I had commenced my first day on Adult placement on the ward and received a brief handover. Being privileged to such information I knew was a responsibility and the NMC (2008) standard of Conducts performance and ethics, requires all nurses and healthcare practitioners to recognise their duty of confidentiality owed to the patient. I remember Mohammed, a 62 year old Tunisian man who had been admitted to this surgical ward the previous day from A&E with Haematemeisis. His grasp of the English Language was limited and he was due today to have a simple operation to his stomach area. His emitted volumes of energy and was optimistic and cheerful despite his current condition and pending operation. Mohammed had returned to the UK on a holiday to see his grown
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