You will probably reflect on successes and problems, and therefore what you learnt from the experience and what effects that learning will have on you and your interactions in various situations in the future. Your reflections will have links to course concepts as you will be evaluating your experience through the theoretical constructs that are relevant.
Example of reflective writing in a healthcare assignment Description In a placement during my second year when I was working on a surgical ward, I was working under the supervision of my mentor, caring for a seventy-two year old gentleman, Mr Khan pseudonymwho had undergone abdominal surgery.
I had been asked to remove his wound dressing so that the doctor could assess it on the ward round.
I removed the dressing under my mentor's supervision, using a non-touch procedure, and cleaned the wound, as requested by the doctor. My mentor was called to another patient at this point, so at her request I stayed with Mr Khan while we waited for the doctor to come to see him.
The doctor had been with another patient, examining their wound, and I noticed that she came straight to Mr Khan to examine his wound, without either washing her hands or using alcohol gel first.
I also noticed that she was wearing a long-sleeved shirt, and I was concerned that the cuffs could be contaminated. I thought for a moment about what to do or say, but by the time I had summoned enough courage to say something, I thought it was too late as she was already examining Mr Khan.
Feelings I was alarmed by this, as I had expected the doctor to wash her hands or use alcohol gel before examining Mr Khan. However, I felt intimidated because I felt that the doctor was more experienced than me as a second year nursing student; and I didn't want to embarrass her.
Also, I didn't want to make Mr Khan concerned by confronting the doctor in front of him. Later, I spoke to my mentor about the incident. She suggested that we speak to the doctor together about it. My mentor took the doctor aside, and asked her whether she had washed her hands before examining Mr Khan.
She looked quite shocked. She said that she had been very busy and hadn't thought about it. My mentor discussed the importance of hand hygiene with her, and the doctor assured her that she would wash her hands before examining every patient in the future.
Evaluation The incident was extremely challenging for me. I regret that I did not act to challenge the doctor's practice before she examined Mr Khan. However, I am pleased that the doctor responded so positively to the feedback of my mentor, and I have observed that she has now changed her practice as a result of this incident.
I too have learned from the incident, as it has taught me the importance of acting assertively with colleagues, in a sensitive manner, in order to safeguard patients' well-being.
Analysis The Royal College of Nursing states that hand hygiene is the single most important activity for reducing cross-infection, and points out that many health care professionals do not decontaminate their hands as often as they should. Recent guidance published by the Department of Health highlights the possibility of staff transmitting infections via uniforms, and the need to review policies on staff dress.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Professional Conductsection 8 states that as a nurse 'you must act to identify and minimise the risk to patients and clients'. As the student nurse caring for Mr Khan under my mentor's supervision, this also applies to my own practice as a student nurse.
Conclusion Looking back on this incident, I can see that I should have acted sooner, and that I should have ensured that the doctor washed her hands before examining Mr Khan.
I can now see that my inaction in this incident put Mr Khan's well-being at risk. After discussion with my mentor, I recognise that I need to develop the confidence to challenge the practice of colleagues, putting the well-being of clients at the forefront of my mind.
I realise that I need to be supportive to colleagues, understanding the pressures that they may be under, but ensuring that their practice does not put clients at risk.Types of reflective writing assignments.
Journal: requires you to write weekly entries throughout a semester. May require you to base your reflection on course content. Learning diary: similar to a journal, but may require group participation. The diary then becomes a place for you to communicate in writing with other group members.
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They include academic essays, reports, case studies as well as reflective writing. Oct 17, · How to Write a Reflection Paper. In this Article: Article Summary Sample Outline and Paper Brainstorming Organizing a Reflection Paper As You Write Community Q&A Reflection papers allow you to communicate with your instructor about how a specific article, lesson, lecture, or experience shapes your understanding of class-related material%(78).
Example entry in a learning journal. 4 A short guide to reflective writing 6 A short guide to reflective writing Reflective writing for an assignment Writing reflectively for the purposes of an assignment should not involve merely describing something that happened.
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