Reflection of a Stillbirth Clinical Scenario Analysis

In fact, nursing is a practice discipline. That means nurses can continue developing their skills and knowledge throughout their professional lifetime. It is at this point that the importance of reflection arises. Reflection can be defined as reviewing ones experience from practice in a systematic way so that after the proper description, analysis, and evaluation, the insight gained can be used to inform and change one’s future practice. According to MacLaren et al (2002), reflection helps bridge the gap between theory and practice. Admittedly, there are various models of reflective practice. In this reflection, the Gibbs model (Gibbs 1988) is used because it incorporates phases like description, feelings, evaluation, analysis, conclusion, and action plan. That means one gets the chance to think through all the phases of experience or activity. On that Monday morning, I was ready to work with my mentor in the labor ward. As we were given the client of the day, a chill passed through my spine because, for the first time in my life, I was going to care for a woman who had a dead baby in her womb. The patient was an Asian lady named Ah Kum (name changed) and her husband accompanied her. As we entered the room, we found the husband and the wife both in severe mental agony. The woman expressed various feelings ranging from guilt, shame, and anger. My mentor engaged in communication with the woman and her husband and she proved herself an effective communicator and listener. She offered the lady every possible help and listened to her grievances carefully. In fact, she was adhering to the Nursing amp. Midwifery Council (NMC) code that patients should be treated as individuals and their dignity should be respected (Nursing amp. Midwifery Council, Code 1).