Acute burns management: placement reflections of a children’s nursing student
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Acute burns management: placement reflections of a children’s nursing student

Sara Smith Third-year children and young people’s nursing student, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Dorset, England
Jane Hunt Senior lecturer, Children and young people’s nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Dorset, England

Reflection can help nurses make sense of their clinical surroundings and understand risks, challenges and opportunities. Learning the art required for reflective practice begins as a student when critical reflection is particularly important during practice placements.

A suitable reflective framework is provided by Rolfe et al (2011). Adopting this framework, this article draws on the placement experiences of a second-year undergraduate children’s nursing student in an acute setting, caring for a toddler with 13% partial and full-thickness burns.

The decisions made about assessing and monitoring homeostasis, overall fluid and pain management, infection prevention and potential safeguarding concerns are explored. Reflecting on clinical experience provides students with invaluable transferable skills.

Nursing Children and Young People. 30, 2,21-24. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2018.e1009

Correspondence

jhunt@bournemouth.ac.uk

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This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

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Received: 23 March 2017

Accepted: 05 December 2017