A nursing student’s reflective account of decision-making in a school nursing setting
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A nursing student’s reflective account of decision-making in a school nursing setting

Bethaney Squirrell Children’s and young people’s nursing student, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, England
Jane Hunt Senior lecturer, Children’s and young people’s nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, England

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.e1012

Citation

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.e1012

Peer review

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

Correspondence

jhunt@bournemouth.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 03 May 2018

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