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Week 3 Assignment 4: Weekly Reflection

Value: Complete (P)/Incomplete (F)

Due: Day 7

Grading Category: Complete (P)/Incomplete (F)

Reflect on the clinical experiences you’ve had over the past week, and record your thoughts in a document no more than 500 words long. Your peers will be able to read and reply to what you have written.

Your reflection must satisfy these criteria:

It must be about a client encounter you had this week.

It must include an analysis of the nurse practitioner role or the potential role in the clinical setting.

All clinical discussion or communication must protect the confidentiality of clients; your reflection must not use any patient names, ages, or other personal identifiers.

You will not be graded on the experiences you have had, but instead on your commitment to reflecting on those experiences and using those reflections to improve your professional identity and skill set.

Select one of the following options to help you give your reflection focus:

Option 1

Write about a situation that you felt you handled well. What did you do?

Option 2

Write about a situation in which you felt unsure of yourself. What happened? What made you question your decision making? If faced with the same situation in the future, how would you like to handle it differently?

Option 3

Write about a situation that you felt you handled incorrectly. What happened? How would you change your actions to result in a different outcome?

Option 4

Write about a continuing situation that began earlier in your clinical. How has the situation evolved since you first faced it? What have you done to guide the relationship? What interventions or strategies have you tried? What is the current outcome? What are your goals with this patient?

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Hi everyone!

I hope everyone is having a good start to week 3 so far. I am going to be discussing option 3 today- about a time I was unsure of myself. I had my second day of clinical and my preceptor started having me see patients on my own. He had two new patients scheduled who were husband and wife so he said I could take the wife’s appt while he took the husband’s. The husband and wife ended up requesting to be roomed together and had their 3 year old son with them. He told me I can go in and take over both physicals. I think in general, I typically have a hard time being confident in my knowledge and ability. I was unsure of myself going in, and think I would have been done a better job if the confidence was real and not an act while I was in there. I wasn’t expecting it to be anything too challenging since they were both 35 years old and in good health. They ended up having a never ending list of questions and there were times I was unsure of the answers. When this happened, I just made it seem like I would be relying the information to the doctor like I typically would while I’m working as a nurse. It is important to be confident as a provider in order for your patients to be confident with your decision-making. I will be working on being more confident in the future when I handle patients on my own.

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