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Nurses are encouraged to evaluate and improve their practice by reflection. In order to help guide my reflection process I am using Gibbs (1988) as the model. This is a six step model which will allow me to reflect on the critical incident and look at ways in which I can strengthen and improve my own practice and that of my colleagues for the future. Within the analysis of the incident the patient will be known as Mr. B. This is in order that his real name is protected and confidentiality maintained, in line with the NMC (2004) which states:

“You must guard against breaches of confidentiality by protecting information from improper disclosure at all times”.

The purpose of this essay is to critically examine an incident from recent practice whilst using a model of reflection. This will enable me to analyse and make sense of the incident and draw conclusions concerning personal learning outcomes.

The term ‘critical’ introduces a further dimension to analysis, in that judgements are made about the strengths and weaknesses of the different parts, as well as of the whole, Burns (2000). Reflection follows on from this by encouraging the analysis of clinical practice, this in turn, helps the healthcare professional to develop his/her knowledge and to acquire a deeper level of understanding about the complexities of nursing practice. Boud et al (1985) suggests that this type of learning contributes to the development of clinical competence.

The critical incident is taken from my recent clinical practice within the Endoscopy Unit. I will be reflecting upon and critically analysing gaining informed consent prior to the patient’s emergency Endoscopy and when to act within patient’s best interests.

My rational for the chosen clinical incident is because of the impact it had on me. I realised I was not fully informed on the process of obtaining informed…...

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