When I reflect on my clinical skills and nursing learning, I am struck by how important it is to keep learning new things. As a nurse, there are always new skills to learn and new ways of doing things. It is important to keep up with the latest research and developments in nursing so that we can provide the best care possible for our patients.
I have found that the best way to learn new skills is to be open to new ideas and willing to try new things. I also think it is important to have a good support system in place so that you can ask questions and get feedback when needed. I believe that the more you know, the better you will be able to care for your patients.
Nursing is a demanding profession, but it is also a very rewarding one. I am proud to be a nurse and I am grateful for the opportunity to care for others. I will continue to learn new skills and advance my nursing knowledge so that I can provide the best care possible for those in need.
I’ll describe how I’ve done it in a reflective manner. The Gibbs model, which I have chosen, includes the following stages: description, feelings, evaluation, analysis, conclusion, and an action plan.
In my nurse training program, I have had to learn a variety of clinical skills. At first, I found some of the skills quite difficult and challenging. However, through practice and guidance from my preceptors, I have managed to improve my skills. I am now able to perform most of the skills confidently.
I remember feeling very anxious when I had to perform my first intramuscular injection on a patient. However, I felt more comfortable after practicing on a mannequin and receiving feedback from my preceptor. On reflection, I think that my anxiety was due to lack of experience and knowledge.
Evaluating my performance, I would say that I am competent in most of the clinical skills that I have learned. However, there are still some skills that I need to improve on. For example, I need more practice in performing intramuscular injections and starting IVs.
I think the main reason why I have been able to improve my clinical skills is due to the support and guidance from my preceptors. They have provided me with opportunities to practice the skills and have given me constructive feedback. In addition, I have also done a lot of self-study on various nursing topics and clinical skills.
Looking back, I am proud of how far I have come in my nurse training program. When I started, I was very anxious about learning all the different clinical skills. However, through hard work and dedication, I have managed to overcome most of my challenges. I am now confident in my abilities and look forward to continuing to develop my skills as a nurse.
The essay will be evaluated using the model to help students think critically about practice and relate theory to practice where the model allows. The knowledge that supports clinical skills, as well as the evidence for those skills, will be discussed in depth. A conclusion to the essay will then be supplied, which will evaluate my reflection abilities, acknowledge my competence, and illustrate my personal and professional development.
The clinical skill I have chosen to reflect on is wound management. This is a skill which is essential for all nurses to know, as it is something we will all come across in our day-to-day practice. Wound management can be extremely rewarding, as the nurse can see the direct result of their work in healing wounds. It can also be extremely challenging, as some wounds can be very difficult to treat.
I have had experience in managing both simple and complex wounds during my time as a student nurse. During my placement on an acute surgical ward, I was able to observe and assist with the management of a variety of different types of wounds. I also had the opportunity to manage a few wounds myself. This gave me a good foundation of knowledge to build upon.
When I started my current placement on a medical ward, I was quickly thrown in the deep end when it came to wound management. One of my patients had an open wound on her leg which was becoming increasingly painful and smelly. The District Nurse who was overseeing her care was not happy with the way the wound was being managed by the staff on the ward. As a result, she asked me to take over the management of the wound.
I felt confident that I could do this, as I had received good training in wound management during my time as a student nurse. However, I was still nervous about taking on such responsibility for a patient’s care.
Fortunately, with the help of my mentor, I was able to successfully manage the wound. I dressed it according to the latest evidence-based guidelines and ensured that the patient was comfortable and pain-free. The wound healed quickly and the patient was discharged from hospital soon afterwards.
This experience has taught me a lot about the importance of being up-to-date with the latest evidence on wound management. It has also shown me that I am capable of managing complex wounds, even when under pressure. This is a valuable skill which will be extremely useful in my future career as a nurse.
The administration of intramuscular injections is one of the clinical skills I have chosen to evaluate in this essay. This was a common method of drug delivery during my first clinical internship, and I became involved with the process of intramuscular injections. As a result, I conducted research on intramuscular injections and further expanded my understanding.
This essay will discuss my experience of learning this clinical skill and how I have integrated this into my professional practice as a registered nurse.
IM injections are a commonly used method of administering medication in healthcare settings. They are generally quick and easy to perform, with minimal pain for the patient (NICE, 2016). IM injections can be given into different muscle groups, depending on the medication being administered and the preference of the healthcare professional (NICE, 2016).
I first observed an IM injection being given when I was on my first clinical placement as a student nurse. The patient was cooperative and compliant with the procedure. The nurse carrying out the injection explained the process to the patient prior to administration. The nurse then swabbed the injection site with an antiseptic solution and inserted the needle into the patient’s muscle. The medication was then injected slowly. The nurse then removed the needle and applied pressure to the injection site with a cotton wool pad.
As a student nurse, I found observing this procedure helpful in understanding the process of IM injections. I also researched the topic further, reading about different techniques and tips for giving IM injections (NICE, 2016).
I have since had the opportunity to give IM injections myself, both as a student nurse and as a registered nurse. I have found that using the knowledge I have gained from my research has helped me to give IM injections confidently.
I always explain the procedure to patients prior to administration, so that they are aware of what is going to happen. I also make sure that I swab the injection site with an antiseptic solution and insert the needle into the muscle correctly, so as to minimise any pain or discomfort for the patient.
Giving IM injections is a clinical skill that I have found to be useful in my professional practice as a registered nurse. It is a skill that can be used in a variety of healthcare settings, for different purposes. For example, IM injections can be used to administer vaccines, antibiotics or other medications. They can also be used as a means of emergency contraception (NICE, 2016).