For this essay I will be critically reflecting back upon my work place experience. My experiences as a student on a stroke ward and what skills I have developed. I will also produce an action plan for further development and three SMART goals. Confidentiality and anonymity will be maintained throughout this essay as this is relevant work situation. The stroke unit is a specialist unit that cares for patients with strokes from an early point of their condition through to rehabilitation and, for some patients, up to discharge. Care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team that specialises in care for stroke patients. I will use Gibbs’ model of reflection (1988) in making sense of the cycle of six stages.
Ways in which your skills have developed during your work placement.
The reflections I have written demonstrate particular items of learning, but as an overview I would say that my skills have developed during the work placement by me becoming more aware of the systems in place on the ward, and increasing my knowledge of stroke and other related medical conditions. Reflecting after my shift has helped me to look at my mistakes and to change my behaviour next time I was working. I got a lot of knowledge out of the training/induction week and during staff meetings. I also widened my academic reading to encompass this area and have learned a lot in this way.
The roles and responsibilities specific to the work environment that ensure best practice (stroke ward)
I am aware of a number of different roles on the stroke ward that combine to ensure best practice and the best treatment for the individual. These include the nurse and nursing assistant role for personal care, pain management and medication; nutritionists and dietics to ensure that the individual has a balanced diet and is eating; speech and language therapists for those whose communication is affected by their stroke; physiotherapists to improve movement...