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This is a reflective essay based on a situation encountered during my first six-week placement on an ear nose and throat ward at a local hospital In order that I could use this situation for my reflection the patient will be referred to as Mr H This is in order that his real name is protected and that confidentially maintained in line with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct to Treat information about patients and clients as confidential and use it only for the purpose for which it was given In order to help me with my reflection I have chosen Gibbs 1988 as the model to help with my reflective process This model comprises of a process that helps the individual look at a situation and think about their thoughts and feelings The experience gained in this can then be used to deal with other situations in a professional manner The Nursing process is a framework used by the health care professionals The framework is made up of four components Assessment of the patient on admittance to hospital considering all of the patients individual needs in order to identify any problems Planning at this stage the nurse and if necessary carers relatives and the patient discuss achievable goals and how these can be met Implementing This is the direct care needed for the patient what is to be done for the patient when and by whom This gives the patient a clear understanding of what is going to happen to them throughout their stay in hospital Evaluating This step of the process informs the carer and the patient whether the goals set have actually been achieved Kenworthy et al 2002 Description Whilst working on a morning shift I was asked if I would assist a team of nursing professionals and nursing assistants with washing and making a patient comfortable Mr H was a 68-year-old patient who had previously
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