1. The image: Choose one image (this may be a photograph, dr
1. The image: Choose one image (this may be a photograph, drawing,… 1. The image: Choose one image (this may be a photograph, drawing, or other illustration) that that you believe captures what a registered nurse is or does in today’s society, and insert the image into a Word document. We are not looking for any particular sort of image, and will not be judging whether your chosen image is ‘right’ or wrong’ – there are many contexts in which nurses work and many aspects of nursing that you might choose. We are interested to see what ideas you have, and where these ideas have come from.2. The role: In this critical reflection, you want to consider the role of the nurse in contemporary society. The term ‘role’ is quite broad so the following examples are offered, but please understand that this is far from being an exhaustive list – it is just a few examples. If you have a role in mind, but are not sure if it is suitable, feel free to post theon the the Assessment 3 Discussion Board or ask during one of our Q&A sessions on Friday afternoon. An advocateA researcherSomeone who caresA clinicianSomeone who promotes healthA leaderA managerAn educatorA prescriber3. The critical reflection: There are different perceptions about what the role of the nurse is in society. Indeed, there are different perceptions about what a ‘real nurse’ is in healthcare and even within the profession. Critically reflecting on your initial view of the role of the nurse will require you to examine earlier assumptions you had about the profession, and how these influenced your understanding of the role of the nurse. Before you start…Before you write A reflection, you may find thinking about the following steps (and making notes as you go) helpful:Return to your discussion board posts and submission for Assessment Task 2: Topic 1. Consider some of the perceptions you had about nursing on entering this degree, and whether they are still an accurate reflection of your ideas about the role of nurses. What has changed? Note that you weren’t required to discuss the role of the nurse in Topic 1. However, you can use this Assessment Task to reflect on how your earlier perception of the profession may have influenced your understanding or the role of nurses.Think about how some or all the following have shaped your ideas about the role of nursing during this study period:discussions in the webinarsthe activities in your workshopsdiscussion board postsother MyLO contentother activities external to this unit that have shaped your ideas about nursing since that first assessment.Choose an image that reflect your current understandings, to help inspire your reflection and illustrate your ideas.Having considered these things, it’s time to get writing. We did not want to be restrictive in terms of the structure of your reflection. However, we recognise that a suggested structure or template can be helpful.You are free to structure your reflective essay any way you like, but if you are unsure how to approach it, this suggested structure may help. Example Structure IntroductionIn the opening paragraph, explain your topic – what you are going to write about – and the important aspects of your paper (for example, that you are going to include an image to inspire your reflection). This will let the reader know what to expect, and also help to keep you focused on what is expected of you. Example: “In this reflective essay I will discuss how my understanding of the role of the nurse in modern society has developed since I commenced this unit. I will be focusing on the areas of health care in which nurses work, using an image to help depict my new understandings.”Additionally, you may wish to:specifically name what has changed in your thinkingidentify the key points of your reflection (eg discipline and profession)The introduction should leave no doubt in the marker’s mind about what will be discussed. But remember, the introduction should be brief – a paragraph will be plenty. While the following page is information on Essay structure, it gives some helpful guidance on how to write an introduction (and conclusion): Essay Structure Planner. For further information on academic writing and structuring your work, please go to the Additional resources for academic writing page.BodyIn the main part of the paper, you will explain WHAT you thought the role of nursing was at the beginning of the course, and WHAT you understand it to be now. You will then reflect on this to uncover WHY you had these ideas and WHY they have changed.The WhatIn this section, you are essentially describing the situation – your changing views on the role of nurses.Start with a brief explanation of what you thought the role of nurses was when you commenced NUR131.Next, explain how your thoughts have changed since. To ensure you explore the topic in sufficient depth in your reflection, it may be best to concentrate on a single aspect of the topic rather than trying to cover lots of different ideas. Add an image you have chosen to illustrate your current ideas, to help inspire your reflection and set the platform for your discussion. At this point, you can include references to underpin your evolving ideas, such as this example which draws on the Code of Conduct for Nurses.Example: “In my discussion in Assessment 2: Topic 1, I wrote that I thought all nurses worked in clinical settings, like hospitals. Now I have learned that that nurses work in many other areas of health care, including non-clinical roles. This is demonstrated in the Code of Conduct for Nurses, which states that RNs work in ‘management, leadership, governance, administration, education, research’, among other roles (NMBA, 2018, p 2).”You may also include scholarly literature here in a similar way.This ‘What’ section may be shorter than the next section – potentially quite a bit shorter. It would be reasonable to use this section to set the scene.The WhyFor the next stage of your reflection, you are analysing the ‘situation’. That is, you are analysing your evolving understanding of the role of nurses.In this stage of your reflection, you should uncover the assumptions that underpinned your original ideas of the role of the nurse, and the critical thinking process that you have taken to reach your current position. Where did these ideas come from? What influenced you to think this way? What have you learned that challenged these ideas? How did they compare to your current understanding?This discussion should:include an exploration of the difference between, and interrelatedness of, nursing as a discipline and nursing as a profession. This should be linked back to the role of the nurse.draw on scholarly literature. Good papers will integrate scholarly literature throughout the ‘Why’ stage of the reflection. Scholarly literature will be used to further support your evolving understanding of the role of the nurse. Additionally, scholarly literature may be used to support your analysis of your assumptions. For example, on reflection and analysis of your initial thoughts, perhaps the pervasive stereotype that nursing is woman’s work had shaped your thinking about the role of the nurse. Literature can support this discussion.refer to the nursing codes and standards if appropriate. Please note you do not necessarily need to quote specific standards or principles; the most useful information for this assessment task may be found in the introductions or preambles of the documents, which explain their purpose.ConclusionIn your final paragraph, draw together the threads of your discussion and finish with a strong statement that addresses the topic that you identified in your introduction.Example: “This paper has explored my developing understanding of the role of the nurse in modern society. From my initial belief that nursing was a purely clinical profession, I now know that nurses work in many areas outside clinical settings. Nurses are an essential part of the health care workforce, providing safe, high quality care to the public in all aspects of the health care sector.”Again, keep the conclusion short and do not add add anything new here. Where the introduction tells the marker what you are going to say, the conclusion simply tells the marker what you just said. Rubric Marking CriteriaPlease see the following for an expanded explanation of the marking criteria. You will note that the rubric contains three criteria rather than the four identified in the Unit Outline. Nothing to be alarmed about here. We have simply combined Criteria 1 and 2.By combining these criteria, hopefully the rubric (and task) is easier to navigate. In very simple terms, you are being assessed in this assessment on your ability to:Explore the role of the nurseDemonstrate critical thinking and reflection skillsAdhere to academic presentation requirements Health Science Science Nursing NURSING NUR131
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