Reflection is integral to professional revalidation and enhancing nursing practice; it is an art and a science to be learned. Learning the art of reflection begins as a student in clinical placement settings. Drawing on a reflective model, this article presents an account of one second-year children’s nursing student’s experiences in a community-based placement with a school nursing team. A school nurse appointment was reflected on where advice was offered to a 13-year-old student with sleep difficulties, low affect and lethargy, which included avoiding caffeinated drinks, reducing use of a laptop and mobile phone before going to sleep, and establishing a regular bedtime routine. Providing nursing care to this young person enabled the nursing student to improve their decision-making skills, become more self-aware, increase their confidence when communicating with a patient and reinforce the importance of applying theory to practice.
Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2018.e1012Citation
Squirrell B, Hunt J (2018) A nursing student’s reflective account of decision-making in a school nursing setting. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2018.e1012Peer review
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Published online: 03 May 2018
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