Reflective Essay - Discuss core professional issues that underpin inter professional health and social care practice, making reference to your own future profession and to your own personal development
Course: BANS Nursing Adult Faculty: Health and wellbeing University: Sheffield Hallam University Date of submission: 30th March 2009 Subject: Foundation of Inter Professional Practice Essay title: Component 2 - Reflective Essay - Discuss core professional issues that underpin inter professional health and social care practice, making reference to your own future profession and to your own personal development. Includes Action Plan (after reference list) Word Count: 1569 Within this essay there will be an explanation of why communication is very important when working with in the health setting and how reflecting on my own experiences when working with a different group of student professionals can improve my communication skills and how learning vital skills in communications now will make me a more effective communicator when I become a trained staff nurse. Also within this assignment I will explain why it is important to understand different types of barriers in communication. Professionalism is the way in which a person works in a group, the person will have knowledge of their chosen subject and codes of conduct in which they must follow so everyone is treated equally taking
Discuss how integrating knowledge of biology, psychology, sociology and social policy contributes to the delivery of holistic nursing care.
discuss how integrating knowledge of biology, psychology, sociology and social policy contributes to the delivery of holistic nursing care. For this assignment I am going to be discussing the biology, psychology, sociology and social policy surrounding Tardive Dyskinesia, and I will explain why these factors are important things to consider when caring for a person with Tardive Dyskinesia which is a disorder which develops from the usage of Typical Antipsychotics, like Haloperidal. The concept of caring for a person and considering all factors of their health, including physical, social and mental health is called Holistic Care. Beck (1988) believed that physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual dimensions constantly interact with each other and the environment and are at the centre of holistic philosophy. Firstly I will begin with the physical effects of Tardive Dyskinesia, of which, are commonly associated with Parkinsons disease. Tardive Dyskinesia is a, potentially irreversible condition, which is brought on by the long-term usage of typical antipsychotics and trycilic antidepressants, of which are commonly used to treat mental illness, such as Schizophrenia and Bi Polar. Antipsychotics main purpose is to block Dopamine receptors in the brain, and it is this block which is believed to be the cause of the development of Tardive Dyskinesia. During the
Legal and Ethical, DNR
Sheffield Hallam University Faculty of Health and Wellbeing Advanced Diploma in Adult Nursing. Summative Assessment Submission. Legal and Ethical - January '08 intake Date of Submission: 24th April 2009 Assignment title: Law and Ethics around a clinical situation Student details: Name Student number Word count: 2645 Personal tutor: The aim of this assignment is to identify and outline a clinical situation that occurred whilst on placement. It will explore the ethical, legal and professional principles around the 'Do Not Resuscitate' (DNR) order; it will also discuss ways that the law and ethics enlighten the effects and actions around this. To protect the patient's confidentiality and to adhere to The Nursing and Midwifery Council's 'The Code' (NMC 2008) a pseudonym will be used. Throughout this assignment, the patient will be referred to as Mary. Mary is 76 years old and was admitted to the ward with breathlessness and severe pain in her right side. She was found to have pleural effusion caused by her secondary breast cancer; this meant that the cancer cells had spread into the membrane lining of her lungs. Mary had previously been treated for this condition and had had discussions with her consultant about sealing the two layers of the pleura together to prevent the fluid from building up again. She was malnourished due to a decline in her appetite
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The practice issues of Pressure Ulcers The aim of this assignment is to define the meaning of pressure ulcers, and to explore the causes, and aims of preventing them. Pressure sore -"A decubitus ulcer; a bedsore. Ulceration of the skin due to pressure, which causes interference with the blood supply to the area" ( Weller 2005) Bed sore (decubitus ulcer, pressure sore) -" An ulcerated area of the skin caused by the continuous pressure on part of the body in a bedridden patient" (Fergusson and Stibbs 2003) Nurses and physicians use many terms for a pressure ulcer. Allerescu and Allerescu (1992) reported that these terms include decubitus, decubiti, pressure ulcer, pressure sore, bedsore and pressure necrosis. They believe the term pressure ulcer bests describe the aetiology. (Davies 1994). A pressure ulcer can also be described as "damage to the skin and underlying tissue" (Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust 2002). Morison (1989) explains that a pressure ulcer is caused by a prolonged unrelieved pressure, however Hibbs (1988) and Morison (1989) describe that shearing and friction are also known to cause the type of tissue damage associated with pressure sores. (Davies 1994). Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust (2002) advise a patient sliding down a chair or in bed causing slight friction can cause and worsen minor pressure ulcers. They explain that
Family Presence During Resuscitation Attempts.
Running Head: FAMILY PRESENCE Family Presence During Resuscitation Attempts Fort Hays State University Family Presence During Resuscitation Attempts Its five AM and an unresponsive patient is wheeled into an emergency suite. The scene is like that from a movie including nurses, doctors, chest compressions, IV drips, and alarms. But what is missing? The family. They've been strategically placed in the cold impersonal waiting room. Wondering, with great anticipation, what is happening on the other side of that door. It is at this moment that you must leave your nursing background behind and find yourself inside the minds of those loved ones. Can you imagine the helpless feeling? The intense anxiety? The ultimate loss of control? This leads us to the loaded question, should family members be allowed in the room during resuscitation attempts? A review of history indicates that only a mire thirty years ago families weren't even encouraged to be in the delivery room, which today is now common practice. As a new nurse I enter this profession expecting families to witness life begin, but find myself in shock when I think of them watching life end. The question of family presence exists due to the high number of fatalities related to CPR efforts. Family presence at the deathbed has both its supporters and its opposers. Those against it claim that family members will be in the way
The individual Accessing Health and Social Care
The Individual Accessing Health and Social Care This essay is going to explore factors that effect health and health choices of people who have learning disabilities, by linking these issues of accessing health care to a patient with learning difficulties outlined in a case study. It will also look at the Government White Paper "Valuing People" (Department of Health 2001) as well as other current and relevant literature. Investigating further more, the implications it has on the changing and developing role of the nurse and the health care system. The term learning disability means different things to different people and cannot be cured by medical or nursing intervention. However, the condition can be greatly improved by appropriate support and care. A definition of learning disability is included in the "Valuing People" and states that learning disability includes the presence of: "A significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence), with; a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning); which started before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development" (DoH 2001). It is well documented that there has been a change in attitudes towards people with learning disabilities over the past 30-40 years (Gates 2003). Wolfensberger (1972) developed the concept of normalisation and largely
The reason for this essay is to reflect on a critical incident experience during my six Week placement as a student nurse, on an orthopaedic ward,
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Leanne Battersby 7024576 BA Hons Adult Nursing Faculty of Health and Wellbeing Sheffield Hallam University 20th June 2008 Principles and Practice of Nursing 1 Word Count 3,838 Principles and Practice of Nursing 1 Assignment This assignment will show the writers understanding and knowledge of the nursing process. In order to do this a specific patient has been chosen, focussing on one goal of care highlighted through the use of the assessment of a nursing model. To maintain confidentiality and protect autonomy, the patients name has been changed and any details through which a reader could identify the patient or the care location have also been changed. This complies with the NMC professional code of conduct (2002). Furthermore for legal issues, the writer has gained consent from the selected patient. The writer explained to the patient clearly what information would be needed in the report and that confidentiality would always be maintained. With this information the writer was able to gain informed consent. The information provided was gathered from a number of sources. Primarily the patient and their medical notes, but also from medical and nursing staff. The specific patient is Joyce, 66 years of age. Joyce visited her GP complaining of abdominal and back pain along with indigestion. After being referred for an ultra sound scan and having several blood tests,
Contemporary Issues in Adult Nursing: Preoperative Fasting
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Society, policy and practice Reflection The aim of this assignment is to reflect on an issue from placement which is relevant to the theoretical content of this semester. John (1995), states that the purpose of reflection is to promote desirable practice through the practitioners understanding and learning about his/her lived experiences (cited in Boud, 1998). Reflective writing provides us with the opportunity to document a previous experience, which we can then explore and discuss and learn from our findings. To help structure my reflection I have chosen the model developed by Gibbs (1998), which is perceived as reflection on action. I have chosen this particular model as I feel the structure allows me the greatest opportunity to question my learning and develop it further. The structure of the model is cyclical and contains six main questions which will guide me, allowing me to discuss fully the issue concerned. Permission from all those involved has been sought in order that I can use this issue for my assignment and all names of all involved have been changed so that confidentiality can be maintained in line with the NMC (2002). Description Some of the most difficult moral dilemmas that we are likely to encounter concern human life, a good example of this kind of dilemma is one which occurred within my last placement. Towards the end of my placement I was asked