NUR2102 Critical Reflection By Gibbs Reflective Cycle: Case Study On Grace Perkins Assessment Answer

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Question :


Conduct a written reflection using Gibbs reflective cycle.

Assignment details: Written Assignment. (Word count 800 words)

Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle (1988)
(from Park, J., & Son, J. (2011)Expression and Connection: The Integration of the Reflective Learning Prcess and the Public Writing Process into Social Network Sites. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 7 (1).
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Step 1:
You have now provided nursing care, in the NUR2102 labs for five (5) patients who are living with one or more chronic conditions. Choose one of: Ryan Tuquiri, Denise Palmer, Grace Perkins, Brett Howard or Aaqib Abbas.
Step 2:
Using Gibbs reflective cycle (as above) write an 800 word reflection on one of the laboratory sessions for your chosen patient.

1) Describe the situation which you are reflecting on.
2) Discuss your feelings, what you were thinking and feeling.
3) Evaluate the situation, what was good and bad?
4) Discuss your analysis of the situation.
5) Discuss what else you could have done.
6) Describe your action plan. What would you do if in the same situation again?
7) Written format and writing style (grammar, spelling, under/over word count)
8) Referencing APA 6th Ed in text citation and reference list as per USQ library
Late penalties will apply to all submissions without an approved extension (as per USQ assessment policy)

Assessment notes:

  • Submit the written assignment through the “Supplementary task” assessment tab on the NUR2102 study desk.
  • The written assignment must be submitted through “Turnitin”.
  • The Submission date for your assessment task is no later than 11:59pm

Monday theJuly 2019.

  • Late submission penalties will apply.
  • Academic writing conventions in essay format is required for this assessment.
  • 1.5 or Double spacing – to allow the marker to provide feedback.
  • In-text citations are required – please use at least 4-5 reference sources reflecting standards of practice and contemporary research to support your discussion.
  • Reference list formatted in accordance with APA 6th Ed as per the USQ library.
  • Word limitation 800 words +/-10% (including in-text citations and headings).
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Answer :

Reflection Report

(A Case Study on Grace Perkins)

This study focusses on the critical reflection measured by the Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle for assessing the conditions of five patients who are mainly living with one or more than one chronic diseases. In this behalf, I have chosen the case study of Grace Perkins and analysed her health conditions by the help of Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle. 

In our nursing curriculum, we mainly use to care for the patients who are going through acute conditions and then identified and taken actions by the means of SMART tool. This SMART tool assists us to measure those issues in Specific, Measurable, Action-based, Realistic and Timely purposes. This tool is an effective one for setting goals for the measurement of healthcare problems. 

In my case study, Mrs Grace Perkins aged 77 is suffering from more than one health problems, like, obesity, Stage 2 Chronic Kidney disease or CKD, fungal skin infections, sleep apnoea, chronic urinary tract infections or UTI’s, osteoporosis, hypertension and also deteriorating mobility. A number of problems are mainly happened due to an aggressive lifestyle of Mrs Grace Perkins. From her medical history, I have found that Mrs Grace is from the Aboriginal community of Australia and there is not so much preventive medical care is taken within this community(Hampton & Toombs, 2015). Besides this, Mrs Grace normally anti-medications and thus she does to use to take her medications properly even some of those health problems are detected in an earlier stage. Moreover, Mrs Grace used to do smoking and there is no such tensions in financial in their life as both her husband and she are the pensioners. From the very beginning, Grace has taken all the responsibilities of her families as an Aboriginal Elder and there is very less time to take care of her health. 

According to Grover and Joshi (2015), it has been observed that chronic disease is mainly the outcome of very rustic and pressurized lifestyle for a longer period of time(Grover & Joshi, 2015). Due to long-time depression and acute mental condition, a normal human being can feel the chronic problems in his or her health. At the first stage, the depression may not be diagnosed, but some symptoms may sometime grow. I have seen in the case of Grace Perkins who already is going through disturbed sleep and impaired appetite from the very beginning of her life. It grows with a bigger form and at the later stage, Mrs Perkins feels for the chronic disease of her kidneys(Reynolds, et al., 2018)

My feeling about Mrs Grace Perkins case is very much obvious. I have noticed that due to an elder in her family, Mrs Perkins has taken great responsibilities for her family members. She has taken all the issues as like she is the only mother for her family. Again not only her family members, but she also uses to take care of elders neighbours who are feeling unwell. She loves to cook both for her friends and families. Again, at very younger stage Grace has left her education for which shecould not complete the graduation, but did a professional course which helps her to do a lot of volunteers’ works for her community. All those are tedious jobs for which at a recent time of 77 years old, Grace’s health is found to decline. Moreover, after her mother has passed away at age 92, Grace has felt very lonely as her mother is very much close to her.

In her medication, I have found there is atenolol of 50 mg which helps her to make a good amount of sleep everyday basis. But besides all these medications, for Grace Perkins, self-management is very much necessary to overcome chronic diseases. She needs a positive self-motivation to live happily with her family. The basic theory of chronic illness thus is based on three areas, like an individual, relationship and environmental(Burt, et al., 2014). For Mrs Perkins, the individual barrier for chronic issues can be handled through self-motivation or any behavioural change. The motivational barrier can be overcome by taking measures for specific changes for her well-being(BON Secours Health System, 2018). For environmental issues, Grace has to spend more time with her supportive peoples who can motivate her and help her to increase the internal energy that changes her behaviour of lifestyle. The final issue is regarding the psychological problem and this can be overcome by the safety theory of Maslow Hierarchy(Mawere, Mubaya, Reisen, & van Stam, 2016)

I have taken a good time in a laboratory last week where I have attended the best learning session in my nursing training. I believe that this SMART tool as I have implemented all the stages in this case study of Grace Perkins. 

Therefore, I can conclude that I have learnt new and great knowledge and professional skills in this nursing curriculum. I have very much happy to attend the laboratory session which enhances my knowledge to handle the practical field mainly for chronic disease. I would like to attend this type of session again if I get a chance in future.