Nursing Clinical Reasoning Errors Week 5
Provide a very brief overview of your clinical encounter that highlights where the error/challenge/missed opportunity occurred (300 words).
Body (700 words)
Upon reviewing the module content and your previous paper, identify TWO clinical reasoning errors that best aligned to, or potentially could have occurred during your encounter that contributed to why that encounter was challenging or perhaps did not go to plan.
Describe those TWO clinical reasoning errors chosen and discuss how these may have occurred and why. How were the errors eventually remedied? how could they have been mitigated? How could it have impacted on patient outcomes if the error was not identified? In this section you may have to recall elements/assessment data from your clinical encounter to contextualise your discussion.
Conclusion (500 words)
‘Reflect on and process new learning’
From your exploration, consider your future nursing practice. What did you learn? what would you do differently next time? What strategies will you use? How has this enhanced your clinical reasoning skills? This forms a reasonable portion of your paper and therefore you need to demonstrate deep reflection here. Saying ‘I would read more about…..’, etc is not sufficient. We really need to see the encounter as a whole. What have you learnt from this that has better enabled you to ‘think like a registered nurse’.
In addition to the information provided in the unit outline, a rubric is provided to guide your preparation of this assessment task. Word counts for each section are to be considered as a guideline.
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
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