Foundations of Care.

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For this essay I have chosen to write about a situation that happened to me while I was working as an nursing auxiliary in an orthopaedic ward, I learned that a patient had been involved in a car accident, where she was the driver and her boyfriend had been killed. I imagined that she must be feeling awful, possibly responsible for his death. I felt that I should say something, but could not find the words, instead I said nothing but I felt bad afterwards because I had done nothing.

To examine this situation I shall use Gibb's reflective model (appendix 1), which will help me discover other possible actions I could have taken instead and help formulate a plan of action for the future if a similar situation arose again.

Also, in connection with the experience, I will be researching into the importance of good communication, the role of the multidisciplinary team and the importance of using evidence based practice.

Gibb's Reflective Cycle (1988)

See appendix 1


While I was working as an auxiliary nurse at an orthopaedics ward, I was told that one of the patients being cared for was girl in her early twenties, she had been involved in a car crash while she had been driving with her boyfriend. She survived the accident but her boyfriend was killed. One of my duties I was required to do was to hand out the trays of meals to the patients. As I laid the tray of food on the table in front of her, I noticed that she showed absolutely no interest for the food in front of her.

I wanted to say something comforting to her, as I imagined that she might be blaming herself for the accident. However, I knew that anything I said...