REFLECTION ON MY SEMINAR PRESENTATION
In this reflection, I am going to use Gibbs (1988) Reflective Cycle. This model is a recognised framework for my reflection. Reflection is vital both for learning by experience and for developing new skills, for it highlights patterns of action and intuitive performance, so enabling people to assess how they respond to a situation (Jarvis, 1991). Gibbs (1988) consists of six stages to complete one cycle which is able to improve my nursing practice continuously and learning from the experience for better practice in the future. The cycle starts with a description of the situation, next is to analysis of the feelings, third is an evaluation of the experience, fourth stage is an analysis to make sense of the experience, fifth stage is a conclusion of what else could I have done and final stage is an action plan to prepare if the situation arose again (Gibbs, 1998). As part of my ONP course requirement, I had presented a seminar on vac dressing last 9th of November to my classmates and our lecturer. Using a couple of slides on the power point and a short instructional video, I had three learning outcomes that I wanted to answer on my presentation. These were to be able to present to the audience the definition, to be able to state its uses and contraindications as well as precautions and to be able to present to the audience the technique of its basic application. I was very nervous as I was the first one to present. I was hoping that I will make a good impression to my peers and to our lecturer. The need to make good impressions to my peers who are professionals as well was driving me to anxiety. My body was going under the 'general adaptation syndrome' (Selye, 1976), this stimulus-response syndrome triggers a wide-ranging set of bodily changes designed to ensure physical adaptation to an event. I noticed that I was breathing faster, my hands were colder, my knees were shaking a bit but my mind was clear. In order to...
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