John's Model Of Reflection

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The purpose of this essay is to reflect upon an aspect of my professional practice or development that I have encountered throughout my time as a student Support worker so far. For the purpose of reflection the essay shall be written in the first person. In accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998) Code of professional conduct, confidentiality shall be maintained and all names have been changed to protect identity. I have decided to reflect upon the first time that I was given a nursing handover and in order to structure my reflection I have decided to use John's (1995) model of reflection. This model encourages practitioners to work through a series of reflective cues, the last of which is concerned with personal learning. John's (1995) model provides a good example of an approach to reflection on action (or reflection on practice). Reflection on action, which takes place after the event, allows the practitioner to revisit an experience with the intention of exploring and learning from an activity. Reflection on action is particularly significant to nursing students, as it is often the basis of formal assessment.
It was my final placement of my course in a children's ward. I was working towards performance level 5 which involved working independently within a supervised environment. I had been caring for one patient during my shift, a 12 year old girl Claire who had been admitted for treatment of her diabetes. Although I had been caring for her for the duration of my shift I was unprepared to give the next shift a nursing handover. I assumed that my mentor would do it as she had been doing it on all of my previous shifts. However on this occasion my mentor said to me to do it at the last minute. I listened to her giving the handover for her patients then when it came to mine I panicked and got information mixed up. I started with basic information about Claire such as name, date of birth and reason for admission. Unfortunately I became flustered after that and it was clear to both my mentor and the other staff nurse that I was out of my depth and needed help. My mentor then took over and continued the handover.
I therefore decided to action plan to develop my nursing knowledge in this area. I looked at various nursing journals detailing how to give effective handovers. I also used the advice that I found in