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    (Original post by Twaffy)
    Heyyy,
    I'm in my first year just coming to the end of my first placement and we've got to write a refelctive essay and I have no idea how to write reflectively. Has anybody got any advice please?
    Hi Twaffy

    Have you looked at reflective models such as Gibbs Model (1988) of reflection? It is what I have found, the easiest one to use but it depends on you!

    What I have done is use good emotive language it's about how you felt and things you would do differently etc x
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    I like rolfes model: what happened, why'd it happen, what now? EASY!
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    (Original post by SuperGirl09)
    Hi Twaffy

    Have you looked at reflective models such as Gibbs Model (1988) of reflection? It is what I have found, the easiest one to use but it depends on you!

    What I have done is use good emotive language it's about how you felt and things you would do differently etc x
    Nah see I disagree. It's good to recognize how you feel which is why Gibbs is good- but the point of reflection is to analyze the situation and look at the evidence Nd rationale behind it, bridging the theory-practice linkire than anything. My first year I'd write TONS about what I did as opposed to the analysis section of the reflection- till my tutor told me otherwise lol
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    Yehh,

    you are right, I been fishing around for my notes n stuff.. Twaffy have a look at that and hopefully it should help x
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    I've been using Gibbs so far but whereas I think I can do a lot for the analysis and evaluation (which has now become one giant section by accident) I seem to be failing at the feelings part, I'm just not sure how to tie each part into each other - if that makes any sense.

    I haven't heard of Rolfes before I'll have a look now!
    Thanks for the advice
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    I know what you mean, it's like there is something missing which would make ends meet :P

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    I don't understand this assignment- first one I'm genuinely confused about..and also the most important!!!

    Ok here are the guidelines:

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    The aims of this assessment are to demonstrate the student’s ability to:
    1. select an aspect of nursing care management
    2. identify relevant organisational and managerial factors
    3. critically analyse relevant literature, research and practice experience
    4. appraise organisational and managerial factors influencing the safe and effective
    delivery of quality care
    5. evaluate the organisation and management of an aspect of nursing care
    The essay should critically analyse an aspect of the organisation and management of
    care. The focus and scope of the essay must be negotiated with a module tutor.
    Reference should be made to the student’s practice experience.

    This should be brief and give a rationale for the aspect of nursing care management
    chosen.
    Confidentiality must be maintained and the anonymity of patients and
    locations should be preserved.

    Discussion
    The discussion will focus on a specific aspect of nursing care management provided
    for patients / clients in adult care settings and which lends itself to an examination of
    related organisational and management factors.
    Critically discuss how the organisational and managerial factors impact on the chosen
    aspect.
    Evaluate the benefits and limitations of particular approaches to the management of
    the chosen aspect. This may involve comparing and contrasting different approaches
    and suggesting alternative approaches.
    The essay should reflect current, research based knowledge and evidence, and be
    appropriately supported by the use of relevant literature.

    Conclusion
    This should be brief and summarise the main points that emerge from the
    assignment.



    HELP! (Chosen my topic as pain management after talking to my supervisor, however no idea what 'organisational and managerial factors' there are!!!!!)
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    (Original post by SuperGirl09)
    oooh I get you! probably - defo sounds like it! Ha, brain ache defo gets to you after an assignment doesn't it!

    Looking forward to your placement?
    This placement I could take or leave, I'm out with the health visitor. I'm not a big fan of community I much prefer wards.

    Yeah brain ache is bad, not letting it get the better of me though there's nothing worse than a last minute essay!
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    (Original post by Little Hobbit)
    This placement I could take or leave, I'm out with the health visitor. I'm not a big fan of community I much prefer wards.

    Yeah brain ache is bad, not letting it get the better of me though there's nothing worse than a last minute essay!
    Ahh, I would have liked that opportunity. My community placement experience was in sexual health but I enjoyed it!

    I lovved A&E though Ahh yehh some people I know do last minute assignments and still get decent grades though I know that wouldn't work for me LOL
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    HELP! (Chosen my topic as pain management after talking to my supervisor, however no idea what 'organisational and managerial factors' there are!!!!!)
    Costs and availability of drugs, equipment and therapies, for example to ensure we have a pca or epidural pump because there aren't loads of them we have to book them in main theatre recovery, so we have to plan in advance and know if they are going to be required. Staffing and organisation of a dedicated pain service, off duty for them etc. Time to run outpatient clinics and staff availability for them, again, off duty, costs, availability of space to run the clinic. I know my trust has recently emplyed a HCA as part of the pain team but I'm unaware of their role so you could look at the potential issues in managing unregistered members of staff working within the team too if youre going to look at the specialist pain team for example.
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    (Original post by moonkatt)
    Costs and availability of drugs, equipment and therapies, for example to ensure we have a pca or epidural pump because there aren't loads of them we have to book them in main theatre recovery, so we have to plan in advance and know if they are going to be required. Staffing and organisation of a dedicated pain service, off duty for them etc. Time to run outpatient clinics and staff availability for them, again, off duty, costs, availability of space to run the clinic. I know my trust has recently emplyed a HCA as part of the pain team but I'm unaware of their role so you could look at the potential issues in managing unregistered members of staff working within the team too if youre going to look at the specialist pain team for example.
    Well I decided on

    Referrals and use of specialist nurses in the acute pain team
    Education of staff
    Self-medication of chronic pain patients
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    Well I decided on

    Referrals and use of specialist nurses in the acute pain team
    Education of staff
    Self-medication of chronic pain patients
    Education of staff and the specialist nurses will tie in nicely together.
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    I've got 7 weeks left but 4 of those are 'Reading Weeks' and such so it's more like 3 weeks and then 4 weeks waiting for results!

    I've got a job offer on confirmation of passing, I don't know what I'm nore nervous about, waiting to see if I've passed or starting work.
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    (Original post by Perfect_Gent)
    I've got 7 weeks left but 4 of those are 'Reading Weeks' and such so it's more like 3 weeks and then 4 weeks waiting for results!

    I've got a job offer on confirmation of passing, I don't know what I'm nore nervous about, waiting to see if I've passed or starting work.
    Aw man i'd hate to wait so long to get results, luckily I get mine in september and then just get to enjoy placement for a bit!


    Where have you got a job? aka speciality
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    Looking for a spot of advice.
    This weekend i've found out that my parents may be splitting. My dad has moved out after seeing another woman for months and the family is a mess. Now, i mentioned this to my course mate and she suggested i try get some annual/ compassionate leave from uni. I've submitted all my assignments for the year, its just 5 weeks of placement i have left to go.
    I shrugged it off when she mentioned it but every day i seem to wake up feeling a bit worse, plus im not overly sleeping and eating right.

    I know its a very personal thing, and down to each individual. Im just not the kind of person who goes after things like some time off etc, but would you? Is it worth it until get a bit straighter? Or should i just get my head down and plod on with work?
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    (Original post by Becky_90)
    Looking for a spot of advice.
    This weekend i've found out that my parents may be splitting. My dad has moved out after seeing another woman for months and the family is a mess. Now, i mentioned this to my course mate and she suggested i try get some annual/ compassionate leave from uni. I've submitted all my assignments for the year, its just 5 weeks of placement i have left to go.
    I shrugged it off when she mentioned it but every day i seem to wake up feeling a bit worse, plus im not overly sleeping and eating right.

    I know its a very personal thing, and down to each individual. Im just not the kind of person who goes after things like some time off etc, but would you? Is it worth it until get a bit straighter? Or should i just get my head down and plod on with work?
    Hm it's difficult. Its up to you, if you think your practice and academic work is being affected then I'd suggest speaking to your tutor and taking leave- you can always make the time up in your 3rd year (or not at all actually as most universities go over on their NMC required hours by MONTHS!)

    On the other hand if you think being on placement might keep your mind busy- it's a valid choice.

    Hope you're ok anyway :hugs:







    Can i also just say how excited I am..got myself a job interview at the royal brompton and harefield in london for a cardiac ITU job!!!!!!!!!!! 12th August..SO excited as I feel a bit more ready now and they really support their nurses :woo:
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    Got my management placement through- Health care of elderly rehabilitation/palliative.


    I'm quite happy actually as reading through evaluations it seems they give you your own caseload, management students are made to be independant very quickly- plus there is an element of community nursing which I really enjoyed. Can't believe this is my last placement...I've had some good ones really

    Cardiac ward
    Mental health rehab centre
    Learning disability school
    Elective orthopaedic ward
    Theatre Recovery
    Pain management team
    District Nursing
    Prison Nursing
    Neurosurgical/medical ward
    Interventional Radiology department
    Healthcare of elderly/palliative care ward


    3 years- seems i've managed to get myself a good variety of placements!
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    It does sounds a good mix, plus your management sounds like someone good suited to needing what you need from a management.
    Its amazing how 3 years flies though eh? When do you start you management?
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    time flies doesn't it. We were allowed to put in a preference for our management placements, and could choose most places apart from critical care or theatres. I did mine on the mau, it was perfect for me as the majority of my placements were on medical wards so I could use the knowledge gained from those placements and it was mental busy on there and I love being busy. If theatre nursing doesn't suit me I may look for jobs in acute medicine.
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    2 months and 2 weeks to go!
    It's going so fast!

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