Sample Paper on A Reflection of My Strengths and Achievements

A Reflection of My Strengths and Achievements

Executive Summary

Through studying the nursing concepts, I have become a competent professional nurse contributed by the coursework that impacted much on my knowledge and critical thinking. This document comprises activities and challenges that I underwent to achieve my academic goals. It shows who I am as an individual and the abilities attained during my studies. In general, it is a synopsis of my understanding of the nursing discipline and a willing spirit to engage in this challenging career.

My Portfolio

My portfolio indicates the education background and experience gained as a student to the level of becoming a professional nurse. It shows my strengths, which will enable me to work in this discipline as an intermediary between the patient and the physician or the doctor (Pine, & Tart, 2007). The document attached in this portfolio portrays who I am as a student and as an upcoming professional nurse.

However, there were challenges that I faced during the progression of my program. The major challenge was time management between my studies and work. I was working full time to fund my education. At times, I prioritized in one of these, which either contributed to undesirable grades or quarrel with the human resource manager where I was working. Another challenge was lack of technical support, which could not be accessed at any, time especially when a lecturer was not around the school (Pine, & Tart, 2007). I also had issues at home since my family members thought I was using my studies as excuses not to carry out my chores.

To counter these challenges, I had decided to take an education loan to help me focus on my studies. This provided me with necessary skills and understanding about the nursing practice. Having adequate time enabled me craft skills to become a professional in this discipline. I was able to attend all the classes and perform well in my assignments. Faculty members were supportive and encouraging, which contributed much to my academic achievement. About the family issues, I committed myself to carrying out my designated chores before heading to school.

The coursework was comprehensive and explained each concept in depth. There were practical classes where we learned how to handle health cases and their right prescriptions to give the patient (Rhodes, & CURRAN, 2005). With this information, I was able to develop good communication skills and critical thinking that I employ as a nursing student. Learning materials were also supplied, which included the codes of conduct that govern the nursing discipline and hence I am competent with ethical, professional and legal standards both at school and hospital’s policies and procedures (Kozier, 2008). I have used the skills I gained into practice, which enables me comprehend both empirical and theoretical information. I can, therefore, ascertain that I can effectively, safely and accurately handle and safeguard patients’ information with confidentiality in mind.

During my program progression, I was able to fulfill my roles as a scientist, detective and manager of the healing environment. As a scientist, I used the knowledge of scientific research to make conclusive, explicit and decisive decisions related to healthcare. As a detective, I used the knowledge of monitoring to examine a patient to come up with subtle information of the likely patient outcome (Kozier, 2008). Lastly, as a manager of healing environment, I applied my skills to understand the patient through going through his/her medical reports to manage the health condition. My capability as a scientist was tested most in chronic disease cases during my practical sessions. I was capable of interpreting medical tests results to plan for primary care for the patients I attended top in the absence of doctors, particularly when they related to chronic conditions.

As a detective, I was able to detect changes in patient conditions, especially those who were being monitored in the in-patient departments. This capability made it possible for me to recognize changes as soon as observed and to take necessary actions which included to contact the responsible doctors immediately or to modify primary care plans for individuals in order to take care of health changes occurring in our facilities. The ability to recognize changes as soon as they occur made me flexible as I adapted to emergency actions that take center stage in mainstream medical facilities. As such I was able to accomplish my role as a manager of the healing environment. Furthermore, the ever present unpredictable situations in the medical field made me practice flexibility and develop a high level of creativity in dealing with unpredictable situations in the presence of a doctor as well as when the doctors are absent.

Accomplishing my role as a scientist, detective and manager of the healing environment has enabled me to develop certain intrinsic capabilities that I had not believed I possessed before. For instance, the ability to recognize changes which is cognizant with my role as a detective has made me to be seen in the nursing sector, specifically in my positions of responsibility as caring and understanding. This attribute has made me see myself similarly, making me to develop constant passion for my professional development. Furthermore, the ability to attend to multiple emergency cases as well non-emergency cases has enabled me to develop key multi-tasking skills which are mandatory in the nursing profession.

Through my journey from a student to a professional nurse, much has changed as now my communication skills have sharpened and can concisely make informed decisions related to health. I have become competent and my confidence has scaled to a new level due to my critical thinking ability. I can now manage my time properly between work and recreation, which is also important. Moreover, I can perform effectively when multi- tasking in demanding situations as well as in emergency cases.

 

References

Rhodes, M. L., & Curran, C. (2005). Use of the human patient simulator to teach clinical judgment skills in a baccalaureate nursing program. Computers Informatics Nursing23(5), 256-262.

Pine, R., & Tart, K. (2007). Return on investment: Benefits and challenges of a baccalaureate nurse residency program. Nursing Economics25(1), 13.

Kozier, B. (2008). Fundamentals of nursing: concepts, process and practice. Pearson Education.