The module code: NPCG1011: Principles of Nursing Practice
Module leader: Kay Townsend
Assignment title: A critical reflection on practice
Word Count: 1850 words
The following essay will show the importance of reflection on practice in order to explore nursing skills for a patient well-being. For this reason, it will explain in more detail that understanding the evidence base which underpins nursing/patient care is an integral part of nursing practice. Also it will show the significance of developing the principles of holistic care in order to deliver excellent care. Moreover, there will be demonstrated how a nurse may contribute to the welfare of the patient and how health policies might influence care delivery. This essay will be drawn to my practice in placement ONE. Here will be provided a reflection on my own experience in order to demonstrate that reinterpretation of obtained knowledge, skills, beliefs and values will help to improve my nursing practice. But primarily an important question must be answered: what does reflection means and why is it important in nursing? Reflection, in terms of learning from experience, can be described as ‘deliberately thinking or mulling over experience with the intention of learning’ (Scullion and Guest 2007, p. 90). In other words, it is a trigger for reinterpretation of the situation happened beyond its starting point which can lead to any further activities. For example, it could bring a more accurate and ‘comprehensive understanding of exactly what happened’ (Scullion and Guest 2007, p. 91). Reflection is really important in nursing practice. When the nurses do reflect on their experience, it helps to develop both personal and professional skills, to get a clear and coherent knowledge base and to bridge any existing theory-practice gaps. Moreover, reflection could challenge nurses and sometimes it might change own views on other people’s values, beliefs and attitude. All of these ‘components’ could influence on delivery of nursing excellence in client’s care. Evidently, this may affect the welfare of patients! Chapter two will reflect on wellbeing of a person I have met during my placement one, with providing of the evidence base and health policies that influenced on care delivery. I have chosen ‘Gibbs reflective cycle’ to explore my own experience on how I promoted a patient’s well-being in a holistic manner as well as providing information what kind of experience I had and why I am reflecting on it. My patient’s physical wellbeing was affected by a recent stroke, which occurred a few months ago. It was before she was admitted to a hospital where I worked. For this reason she had a weakness of her right side. Her recovery was not fast and she was in the hospital for a long period of time. Subsequently, it was influenced on her mood. She felt herself depressed, devastated, upset... Of course, there were other factors: my patient’s family was not able to support her. And, unfortunately, they visited her rarely. Undeniable, nurses were not able to replace it despite the fact that they spent as much time as possible with her, trying to raise her spirit… Subsequently, this patient’s emotional well-being was affected by the lack of family support. It led my patient to an even greater feeling of loneliness and depression. Considering her psychological side, she stopped eating because she did not have any mood. And, unfortunately, there was no active involvement from her side to change this situation; her life spirit was broken… It was really hard to watch how a person ceases to fight for her life. Feeling my responsibility for her well-being in general, I tried to do everything possible to demonstrate that she is not alone, that she always can discuss any concerns or share any worries. In spite of the fact that our ward was really busy that time, I stayed with this patient after the end of my shift just to talk… As...
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