Critical Reflection on One Nurse-Family Interaction Essay

2314 Words Jun 5th, 2011 10 Pages
This paper describes a significant learning family interaction that occurred when I was working in a community placement as a student nurse. I would be reflecting on that family interaction and use the “One Question Question” approach and analyse how this would contribute to your learning needs and nursing practice.
Critical or significant interactions can be defined as situations that make an impression or have a special meaning to an individual. The analysis of such incidents, a useful reflective technique helps us to identify professional capabilities, increase knowledge of self and improve patient care outcomes (Lian, 2001) and lead to practice that is better informed than before the reflection (Usher et al, 2001).
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The findings generated from this question about families’ experiences would highlight my learning needs education, research, and practice in the nursing of families
Best practice strategies
Challenge in educating the parents and adolescent about effective diabetes management due to knowledge gap.
After reflecting on my challenge in educating the parents and the adolescent, I had a debriefing with my preceptor and she advised me to spend some time with the diabetes educator of the facility. The diabetes educator was very friendly in nature and helped me through the diabetes management education process and also gave me some research available regarding diabetes management. I also attended an in-service provided to the staffs of the facility about diabetes management. I spent some time researching regarding the diabetes education of the adolescents’ parents and after researching evidence based literatures as well, I come up with some best practice strategies.
Parents, along with their children, should be made aware about healthy eating habits, physical exercise, and dosage management of drugs/ insulin. Carroll and Marrero (2006) reported that focus groups for parents were helpful for families with adolescents. Family counselling to improve communication may be helpful for some families, especially those with high levels of diabetes management conflict between parents and

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