For the purpose of this assignment, the author will identify the assessment skills that are utilised to identify a clients needs by a third party, using Gibbs Reflective Cycle (1998) (appendix 1). The reflective model used is Gibbs model of reflection as the author finds it the easiest model to follow.
The author has changed the names of any clients used in this assignment, to protect their confidentiality, as referred to in the Code of Conduct Handbook. (Nursing and Midwifery Council 2004). The NMC states as a registered nurse you must guard against breaches of confidentiality by protecting information from improper disclosure at all times. The placement referred to in this assignment is an Elderly Mentally Infirm (EMI) home in the North West of England.
According to the Oxford Nursing Dictionary, assessment is the first stage of the nursing process, in which information about the patients health is collected and from which a care plan may be devised (Martin, 1998).
In this assignment, the author will reflect on the skills of assessment used by a trained member of staff in assessing a client who was very quiet and not eating her lunch. The client referred to, a sixty five year old woman who the author will call Peggy for the purpose of this assignment.
She had only been at the nursing home for a few weeks, due to her husband not being able to look after her any more, her consultant had diagnosed early onset of dementia.
There are many formal forms of assessment for example "The Roper, Logan and Tierney model of nursing (originally published in 1980, and subsequently revised in 1985, 1990 and the latest edition in 1998) is a model of nursing care based upon activities of daily living. The model is named after the authors...