Reflective essay

2558 Words May 22nd, 2014 11 Pages
Clinical placement is a good chance for nursing students to practice clinical skills, as well as experience the real working environment. However, the process of actually bringing theories and knowledge learned from university into practical application is not simple; this requires not only patience and determination but also various learning skills. For myself, after an unpleasant experience of involving an argument between a nurse and patient’s family, I came to realize that reflective skills are crucial not only for my current status as student but also for my future professional development (Sharon, 2014) as registered nurse. The reflective practice helps nurses to maintain and constantly update their knowledge, as well as construct …show more content…
However, I was still worried for Mr. X’s safety, so I decided to stay there, waiting for Mr. X to finish his meal, to ensure that nothing went wrong and the prescribed equipment would be used. During that time, I regularly checked his oxygen saturation. I notice that Mr. X’s oxygen saturation started to drop very slowly. I raised the concern to Mrs. X, but she told me to not worry, as Mr.X nearly finished his meal. She claimed that they were using that machine at home so she knew it very well. As I did not know much about BiPap machine, I didn’t know what I should do. I was wondering whether I should report to the RN, when the RN came by and saw it. The nurse was very angry. She rushed in, quickly took off the nasal cannula, put the Bipap mask on Mr. X, and blamed me loudly in front of all patients. Mrs. X and I tried to explain that it was her who removed the Bipap mask because she wanted to feed him. The nurse said “But your husband needs oxygen more than food.” Mrs. X claimed that she was taking care of her husband for years and knew her husband condition very well. She said if he doesn’t have breakfast on time, his blood pressure will drop. The nurse seemed to be so annoyed with the whole situation, she ignored what Mrs. X said and kept on checking on Mr.X and blaming me for not reporting to her immediately. Approximately a few minutes later with the Bipap machine on, Mr. X’s oxygen saturation began to rise. When his oxygen saturation was up

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