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Therapeutic Encounter Essay
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Therapeutic Encounter Introduction This commentary shall provide a reflection on an encounter with an elderly schizophrenic woman admitted to the recovery ward. It shall utilize the Gibbs Reflective Cycle in its analysis, reviewing actions and critically assessing these based on evidence-based practice.
She was not taken seriously when she expressed pain and the nurses believed her pain to be mostly psychological. They believed that since she was scheduled for surgery the coming month, she was experiencing some anxiety which manifested as pain. The nurses were opting to delay addressing her concerns because her haemorrhoids were going to be removed anyway. On assessment of patient, my adult nursing background helped me discover that she had a prolapsed uterus hanging out of her anus and it was also very painful and severely inflamed. I requested for stronger pain relievers for the patient and for the medical doctor to examine her as an emergency case. Through these actions, the patient was able to be referred for proper consult and care. Feelings I felt that I have acted in the patient’s best interest and that I made the best decision in reviewing her symptoms and evaluating her for other illnesses. I felt that in communicating better with the patient, I achieved better efficacy in understanding her physically, psychologically, and mentally. I felt that although the patient’ pain complaints may indeed be psychological, there was no harm in reviewing her complaints and evaluating whether or not such complaints may have an actual basis. ...
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