Reflection on clinical placement

Reflection on clinical placement

Use Gibbs reflection as per attachment.
Scenario
two weeks clinical placement in postnatal ward, most looking after mothers and neonates. Mothers after cesarean section.Task: Observations taken,vital signs,checked wound,assisted with showering to prevent fainting, education provided to mothers for breast feeding,expressing milk, baby bathing, swaddling, settling.

GIBBS REFLECTIVE CYCLE Description (What happened?) Action Plan Feelings (If it arose again what (What were you would you do?) thinking & feeling?) Conclusion Evaluation (What was good & bad about the experience?) Description (What sense can you make of the situation?) (Gibbs 1998) Stage 1: Description of the event Describe in detail the event you are reflecting on. Include e.g. where were you; who else was there; why were you there; what were you doing; what were other people doing; what was the context of the event; what happened; what was your part in this; what parts did the other people play; what was the result. Stage 2: Feelings At this stage try to recall and explore the things that were going on inside your head, i.e. why does this event stick in your mind? Include e.g. how you were feeling when the event started; what you were thinking about at the time; how did it make you feel; how did other people make you feel; how did you feel about the outcome of the event; what do you think about it now. Stage 3: Evaluation Try to evaluate or make a judgement about what has happened. Consider what was good about the experience and what was bad about the experience or didn’t go so well Stage 4: Analysis Break the event down into its component parts so they can be explored separately. You may need to ask more detailed questions about the answers to the last stage. Include e.g. what went well; what did you do well; what did others do well; what went wrong or did not turn out how it should have done; in what way did you or others contribute to this Stage 5: Conclusion This differs from the evaluation stage in that now you have explored the issue from different angles and have a lot of information to base your judgement. It is here that you are likely to develop insight into you own and other people’s behaviour in terms of how they contributed to the outcome of the event. Remember the purpose of reflection is to learn from an experience. Without detailed analysis and honest exploration that occurs during all the previous stages, it is unlikely that all aspects of the event will be taken into account and therefore valuable opportunities for learning can be missed. During this stage you should ask yourself what you could have done differently. Stage 6: Action Plan During this stage you should think yourself forward into encountering the event again and to plan what you would do – would you act differently or would you be likely to do the same? Here the cycle is tentatively completed and suggests that should the event occur again it will be the focus of another reflective cycle Jasper M 2003 Beginning Reflective Practice – Foundations in Nursing and Health Care Nelson Thornes. Cheltenham

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