Sample Psychology Paper on Reflection for My Professional Development

Introduction

Reflective practice is a vital tool that can link theory to practice and is essential in helping health care professionals to learn from experiences. My learning journey in 6HC508 and 6HC511 has been full of new discoveries. The course has been preparing me for research and evidence based practice. As such, my experiences in this course have had far reaching positive impact in my practice. Notably, on one occasion I experienced an incident that I found it hard to get a solution because I did not understand the patient’s condition. It was only after taking extra measures that I found a positive response from the patient. Nonetheless, by using Gibb’s Reflective Model, I am going to revisit that incident intentionally so that I can learn from it as well as use it to improve my future practice. Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle embraces description, feeling, evaluation, analysis, conclusion and action plan of a given scenario. The model will be relevant in uncovering new knowledge while using SWOT analysis to comprehensively understand myself and how I can improve my social and health-care practice.

Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle

Description

At my local heath-care facility, I had been assisting a patient with Parkinson’s disease to take her drinks. The disease usually affects nerve cells responsible for body movement (Solimeo, 2019). I was confident to help the patient since I have previous experience of care. On one occasion, I was holding the patient’s cup as she was sucking the fluid but she was still struggling to suck the fluid. Hence, she became distressed and accused me of willfully preventing her from taking the fluid. In fact, she said that I was trying to kill her. I was surprised by her accusation but I thought there might a logical explanation for her reaction, hence I was not upset, instead I tried my best to make her comfortable.

Feeling

            I was particularly concerned that the patient felt threatened but I could not figure out what caused her to feel that way. Additionally, I felt embarrassed by the patient’s remarks and doubted my ability as the task for feeding the patient was simple yet I might have gotten it wrong. Nonetheless, I was confident that there might a reasonable explanation.

Evaluation

Despite the patient’s negative reaction, I was determined to assist her. As such, I referred to the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) code and confirmed that I should gain consent from my patient before offering to assist. The NMC code clearly state that one must “act in the best interests of people at all times and balance with the requirement to a person’s right ot accept or refuse…” (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2002). Consequently, after following the NMC code, the patient was calm and as a social and heath-care student, I felt at ease taking of the patient afterward.

Analysis

I realized that I might not have done anything wrong since I found out that the patient had made the same comments to other staffs. I also later learned that patients with Parkinson disease develop dementia and they are likely to be aggressive. I have been able to read more about Parkinson disease and also realized that the patient’s expressionless face might have made her comments more aggressive.

Conclusion

I could have inquired more about the patient from the senior nursing officials before helping her, this could have helped me to be more prepared to handle the patient. A thorough understanding of Parkinson disease  would be pivotal in offering the best care for the patient.

Action Plan

I am convinced that I am in a better position to handle such patients in the future. Action plans are pivotal in achieving one’s objectives (Bassot, 2015). First, I intend to be talking to all my patients and ensuring that I have their consent before offering any help. Also, I will be free to let other staff members take my role if the patient is not at ease with me.  On the other hand, from my reflection, it has been clear that reflective practice helps one to identify and understand both theory and practice. Nonetheless, it was also important to look at some of the strengths and weakness (SWOT) that I have, which could influence my practice. A SWOT analysis is essential as it enables one to generate crucial insights for decision making (Ellem, Chui & Wilson, 2017). This way, it becomes easy to develop understanding of circumstances.

Strengths

From my past experiences, I am determined and have the motivation to always succeed in all my undertaking, this was evident as I pursued further approaches to make the patient comfortable. A strength can be used effectively to achieve objectives (Benaven, 2015). I believe the  strength will be essential in my future career.

Weakness

Showing emotions while communicating with difficult patients is a weakness that I uncovered in my practice. I think this is a weakness that I need to address to cope with different patients in my career. I plan to improve on this weakness by consistently preparing myself before offering any kind of care to a patient. I also intend to keenly observe my senior health-care officials and learn from them.

Conclusion

My learning journey has been instrumental in preparing me for my future career. The reflection based on Gibb’s model provides more insight into my practice and was particularly important in revealing more knowledge about my previous experiences. The model provided a better framework for an exclusive action plan while considering the contribution of my strengths and weakness to my career. I believe that I can now venture into more research and evidence based practices in my profession.

 

References

Bassot, B. (2015). The Reflective Practice Guide: An interdisciplinary approach to critical reflection. Florence: Taylor and Francis.

Benaven, C. (2015). Swot analysis.

Ellem, K., Chui, W. H., & Wilson, J. (2017). Social work and human services best practice.

Nursing and Midwifery Council. (2002). Code of professional conduct. London: Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Solimeo, S. (2019). With Shaking Hands: Aging with Parkinson’s Disease in America’s Heartland. Piscataway: Rutgers University Press.