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Identify what nurses might do to improve their practice and reduce the risk of an error.

401007: NMBA – Australian Commission for Quality and Safety in Healthcare | Nursing Assessment Answers

Aim of assessment

Standard 1 of the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards for Practice outlines the requirement for nurses to use best available evidence for safe, quality practice and to develop that practice through reflection on experiences, knowledge, actions, feelings and beliefs. The aim of this essay is for students to critically reflect on a nursing related event reported in the media and, using the NSQHS standards developed by ACQSHC (Australian Commission for Quality and Safety in Healthcare), identify what nurses might do to improve their practice and reduce the risk of a similar error.


Students must refer to the article titled ’Coroner recommends changes after blood mix-up patient death’ and NSQHS Standard 2 – Partnering with Consumers for this assessment item. They are located under the Assessments tab on the unit vUWS site in the Assessment 1 folder.

Using the GIBBS Reflective Cycle (Gibbs, 1988), reflect on this nursing-related event.

Students will write an appropriately structured essay that includes the following:

A comprehensive description of the critical incident.

An explanation of how the event made you feel and why it made you feel this way.

Evaluate the consequences of this critical incident for the health consumer (patient and their family).

Analyse the implications of this critical incident for your future nursing practice.

Identify and discuss new knowledge gained from this incident.

Develop an action plan to enhance your own learning from this incident.

The essay may be written impersonally in third person, but students may choose to write the reflection in the first person. Students should note that they cannot reference a personal reflective statement about how they felt, any actions they took or decisions they made. However, if they refer to the concepts and theories of other authors to inform their reflection processes (eg, the Gibbs Cycle), that discussion must be referenced in accor- 
dance with APA 6th ed. referencing style.

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