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Demonstrate an understanding of research methods, ethics and governance in order to critically analyse, safely use, share and apply research findings to promote and inform best nursing practice

Assignment brief – Mental Health Nursing

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AND REFLECTION – REFLECTIVE ASSIGNMENT

Background: This assignment is a reflective essay to prepare and present a portfolio for a Masters degree in Mental Health Nursing. I am a graduate student in Information Studies who will be starting a Master’s degree in Mental health Nursing.

The reflection should portray the 5 skills highlighted in the 5 sections. The reflection should be written based on my academic experience in Information Studies (I have attached my transcripts)  but most importantly, the reflection should be based on a care experience in a care environment (for mental patients). This care may include people’s physical, cognitive, social, learning or developmental needs etc. with adults. You do not need to demonstrate experience in all these areas.

In short, this reflective essay needs to show that I can demonstrate all the 5 skills and abilities (in the sections)  through my academic experience/studies in my first degree in Information Studies and my experience in a care environment with mental health patients (adult).

Word count: 1500 words – (around 300 words per section – 5 sections in total)

In each section you will refer to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2018) Standards of Proficiencies for Registered Nurses available on the NMC website.

  • Please have subheadings to denote major shifts in the reflective essay and create a coherent impression.
  • Please ensure the work is enriched with a lot of references in the body work.
  • Similarity report less than 3%
  • Harvard referencing
  • Reference must not be older than 10 years

SECTION 1

Knowledge supporting nursing care

Looking at the selected NMC standards of proficiency for registered nurses in Table 1, critically reflect on your knowledge and learning gained from your reading and experience in care that have informed your understanding of the practice you have observed or participated in within the care environment.

Words: 300

Table 1: NMC proficiencies: Knowledge supporting nursing care

Platform 1: Being an Accountable Professional

1.7  demonstrate an understanding of research methods, ethics and governance in order to critically analyse, safely use, share and apply research findings to promote and inform best nursing practice

1.8  demonstrate the knowledge, skills and ability to think critically when applying evidence and drawing on experience to make evidence informed decisions in all situations

Platform 3: Assessing needs and planning care

3.1 demonstrate and apply knowledge of human development from conception to death

3.2 demonstrate and apply knowledge of body systems and homeostasis, human anatomy and physiology, biology, genomics, pharmacology and social and behavioural sciences

Platform 4: Providing and Evaluating Care

4.3 demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to support people with commonly encountered mental health, behavioural, cognitive and learning challenges

4.5 demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to support people with commonly encountered physical health conditions,

4.15 demonstrate knowledge of pharmacology and the ability to recognise the effects of medicines

SECTION 2

Person centred care:

Referring to the selected NMC (2018) Standards of proficiency for registered nurses in Table 2, critically reflect on the knowledge and values that helped you or the person you were observing to put the needs and wishes of people at the centre of the care they received.

How do these values reflect the NMC proficiencies listed above and the values of nursing as stated in the NMC (2018) Code https://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/code/

Words: 300

Critically reflect on your experience of observing or participating in person centred care for an individual or group of people. Please review the selected NMC (2018) Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses in Table 2 and make reference in your reflection.  

Table 2 : Person Centred Care

Platform 1: Being an accountable professional:

1.1  Understand and act in accordance with the Code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses

1.2  Understand and apply the principles of courage, transparency and the professional duty of candour

1.9 Understand the need to base all decisions regarding care and interventions on people’s needs and preferences, recognising and addressing any personal and external factors that may unduly influence their decisions

1.14. Provide and promote non-discriminatory, person centred and sensitive care at all times, reflecting on people’s values and beliefs, diverse backgrounds, cultural characteristics, language requirements, needs and preferences, taking account of any need for adjustments

Platform 3: Assessing needs and planning care

3.15 Demonstrate the ability to work in partnership with people, families and carers

Platform 4: Providing and Evaluating Care

4.1  Demonstrate and apply an understanding of what is important to people and how to use this knowledge to ensure their needs for safety, dignity, privacy, comfort and sleep can be met

4.2  Work in partnership with people to encourage shared decision making

SECTION 3

Promoting health:

Select and discuss a factor that improves the health of people in the UK. How does this relate to your observation of or participation in promotion of health? This could be related to yourself, or to your observation of or participation in care experience. Please link your reflection to the standards in table 2.

In this section we would like you to discuss your knowledge and experience in health promotion. Before you answer this question please review the selected NMC (2018) Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses. Please link your reflection to these.  

Words: 300

TABLE 3 : Promoting Health

Platform 1: Being an accountable professional:

1.6 understand the professional responsibility to adopt a healthy lifestyle to maintain the level of personal fitness and wellbeing required to meet people’s needs for mental and physical care

Platform 2: Promoting health and preventing ill health

2.1 understand and apply the aims and principles of health promotion, protection and improvement and the prevention of ill health when engaging with people

2.2. demonstrate knowledge of epidemiology, demography, genomics and the wider determinants of health, illness and wellbeing

2.3  understand the factors that may lead to inequalities in health outcomes

2.4  understand the importance of early years and childhood experiences and the possible impact on life choices, mental, physical and behavioural health and wellbeing


SECTION 4

Teamwork and leadership

Please reflect on the experience that you developed during your care experience which demonstrates the development of your teamwork and leadership skills. Please link this to the standards selected in evidence to the standards in your portfolio.

In this section we ask you to draw upon the leadership and teamwork knowledge and skills that you developed both as a graduate and during your care experience. Before you answer this question please review the selected NMC (2018) Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses in Table 4. Please link your reflection to these. Words: 300

Table 4: Team work and leadership

Platform 1 : Being an accountable professional

1.10 demonstrate resilience and emotional intelligence and be capable of explaining the rationale that influences their judgments and decisions in routine, complex and challenging situations

Platform 5 Leading and managing nursing care and working in teams

5.1 understand the principles of effective leadership, management, group and organisational dynamics and culture and apply these to team working and decision-making

5.6 exhibit leadership potential by demonstrating an ability to guide, support and motivate individuals

Platform 6 Improving safety and quality of care

6.11 acknowledge the need to accept and manage uncertainty, and demonstrate an understanding of strategies that develop resilience in self and others


SECTION 5

COMMUNICATION

Please reflect on how you have applied graduate communication skills to your observation and participation in care experience, identifying why these were essential to the safe and compassionate care of people. You should refer to the proficiencies provided in table 5 and link your reflection to these.

In this section we ask you to draw upon the communication skills that you developed both as a graduate and during your care experience. Before you answer this question please review the selected NMC (2018) Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses in Table 5. Please link your reflection to these.

Words: 300

Table 5: Communication

1.11 communicate effectively using a range of skills and strategies with colleagues and people

1.15 demonstrate the numeracy, literacy, digital and technological skills required to meet the needs of people in their care to ensure safe and effective nursing practice

Annexe A: Communication and Management Skills

Underpinning communication skills for assessing, planning, providing and managing best practice, evidence-based nursing care

1.1 actively listen, recognise and respond to verbal and non-verbal cues

1.2 use prompts and positive verbal and non-verbal reinforcement

1.3 use appropriate non-verbal communication including touch, eye contact and personal space

1.4 make appropriate use of open and closed questioning

1.9 confidently and clearly present and share verbal and written reports with individuals and groups

1.10 analyse and clearly record and share digital information and data


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