Working in Collegial Relationships

Rationale 

As the complexities of caring for a patient in our healthcare system increases there is a need to reflect on our experiences and to improve our own critical thinking processes, our delegation skills and our ability to be resilient to the constant changes and demands of the setting. As a registered nurse these attributes are important both personally and professionally for our health, the teams in which we work and for quality outcomes of our patients.Course Objectives

1. Critically apply relevant legal and ethical principles to future health care practice situations at the level of a beginning Registered Nurse 2. Interpret, analyse and apply the nursing scope of practice in health related scenarios

3. Examine clinical leadership principles in nursing practice

4. Engage in critical discussion which explores the relationship between professional identity, role conflict and role boundaries

5. Interpret, analyse and explain professional formation through linking theoretical concepts of caring to clinical practice environments and lifelong learning. 6. Apply exemplary communication in digital technologies and therapeutic relationships working with, and leading inter-professional teams in care decision making practices Task Details 

Select ONE topic from the list below:

1. Reflect on your experiences working in collegial relationships with medical officers as a new graduate nurse and ask yourself “What do I need to improve in relation to opening conversations with a medical officer when clinical observations are outside normal parameters?”

2. Reflect upon the use of digital health record in hospital settings and the need to adopt ongoing learning in relation to e-health. Ask yourself “as a graduate nurse what is my responsibility in documenting and evaluating clinical care outcomes in a digitalised health care setting?

Guidelines / structure

The essay is to contain the following sections based on the Gibbs Reflective Cycle:

a. Introduction (100 words) – The introduction is a description of your chosen selfreflective topic and an overview of the key areas of your intended discussion.

b. Personal and Professional self-reflection (500 words) – This is a self-reflective discussion and includes your feelings. This section must provide a comprehensive discussion of the key areas you feel important to you as you transition into practice as an RN based on your chosen topic.c. Evaluation (400 words) – How is your self-reflection supported or refuted by the literature? An evaluative discussion is required (as per Gibbs Reflective Cycle). The evaluation section must be supported through the use of contemporary, credible literature.

d. Analysis (400 words) – This is a discussion of key outcomes based on your reflection and evaluation and what best practice literature has informed you in relation to the chosen topic. (Note this section also covers the ‘conclusion’ section of the Gibbs cycle).

e. Strategies for practice – (300 words) what specific positive strategies, based on your analysis, would assist you as you transition into practice as a registered nurse? This section relates to the Action Plan identified in the Gibbs Reflective Cycle. Credible literature sources that support your strategies are required and must be correctly referenced.

f. Essay Conclusion (100 words) – a summary of the main points and what you have learnt from the self-reflection. Note: this is not the Gibbs conclusion step – this is the conclusion to your essay. In this conclusion you also need to consider the process of reflection, and its importance, with reference to Gibbs cycle.