Let’s start by exploring what a reflection essay is and what it entails.
Safety concerns and promoting comfort during exercise and activities such as eating, mouth care, bathing, sleeping, urinary and bowel elimination are important for clients with basic needs or special needs such as wound care or immobility issues.
You could reflect on the timing of procedures such as handover, on the variation of safety protocols or how to best provide basic and special needs depending on the stage of client development.
Verbal ways of communicating with clients can focus on psychological and physiological factors.
You could reflect on the therapeutic benefits of listening to patients stories and how this process helps them cope with the physical stress of treatment or the loneliness encountered by those who have few or no visitors.
For example, stories may give clues to the spiritual health of the patient, which can inform the dialogue used with nursing procedures.
Listening to personal stories can also lead to reflective writing that identifies how to enlist family members in caring in order to improve treatment.
For the reading reflection essay, an instructor will likely specify the text you should base your essay on.
For the experiential, however, you likely have to find a topic on your own. The ideas for reflective essay topics can be derived from nature and the great outdoors, relationships, important places, and significant events. A reflective essay can be written to focus on yourself; aspects of who you are.
You could reflect on nonverbal communication from patients such as facial expressions and utterances to provide clues for evaluating or improving patient care.
This type of communication is critical for clients who are impaired due to medication, surgery or developmental factors and provides an avenue for patient involvement that would otherwise not be possible.