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Reflections of a Student Nurse
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Introduction I am a learning disability student nurse, currently undertaking placement at a care home. I have a mentor who is assisting me to achieve the competencies required in me to fulfil my career ambitions of starting out as a competent nursing professional, and growing to my potential in the field of nursing.
Taking a Service User Out for an Activity Description: I was given the task to take a service user out to attend piano lessons. This individual had a Learning disability (LD). According to Rennie 2009, p.3, “in the U.K. the term ‘learning disability’ is used to mean mental retardation or intellectual disability.” Feelings I was nervous initially because I did not know the exact location of where the Piano lessons were held. I was relying heavily on the service user to direct me. In addition, I wondered whether the service user would be comfortable with me taking the service user out, as this would be the first time the service user would be out alone with me and may not have confidence in me, as I am a student. What was good and bad: In spite of all these feelings, it felt good to be given some responsibility by the staff. It was obvious that they trusted me and had confidence in my abilities to fulfil that carrying out of the task given to me. ...
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