How would this translate to nursing homes? We currently have a ratio of 25 residents to 2 nurses
We used this service the other day for an elderly lady in the Nuneaton/Bedworth area. She was unable to move or get herself a drink. The operator would not actually talk to us, and we had a rigmarole of trying to get the lady to phone the service herself. The operator then repeatedly told her to go to the walk-in centre, which she was unable to do. In the end our own team of volunteers decided to sort it out themselves, and are taking it in turn to support this lady. As a nurse I am not encouraged by the lack of concern for an elderly lady who was in obvious distress, and I say well done to the Salvation Army for their valuable input in this matter.
I have to agree. I have just qualified and the thing I hated the most was the formal reflection. I even argued with one tutor that a reflection should be about what I was thinking and feeling, and shouldn't be about whether a lot of people I have never met agree with me or not. Therefore I argued it shouldn't need references. He disagreed. I also agree that it is hard to keep up a reflective diary while on practice, because you just don't have the time. What I did find helpful was keeping a diary and writing down in it what I had done each shift. Whether I was nurse in charge or on the clozaril clinic, and whose assessment, review or referrals I had done (not using full names of course). I also kept a record of work I had done (photocopies with names, etc removed). When I look at these now, they recall memories of the experience in vivid detail. You have little choice about how you reflect for coursework, but how you choose to reflect for yourself is absolutely your choice, so find what works best for you.
I worked with people with learning disabilities for years and they tend to be the most child-like and loving people you could ever find. That anyone would abuse them in such a way broke my heart and made me cry. I'm not so nieve as to think abuse does not happen, but I had no idea that omething so horrific could still be happening in this day and age. I hope the CQC is ashamed for not investigating the 3 complaints of abuse they recieved!