Create a Reflective Piece Using The Gibbs Reflective Model

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Create a reflective piece using the Gibbs Reflective Model which identifies an incident in the workplace where there was a lack of leadership.

Use critical analysis of a reflective cycle to explore how this incident has increased your knowledge and understanding of professional practice with respect to the values and behaviour s in the field of nursing, and how future your behaviours will change.

Definition of Gibbs Reflective Cycle

Gibbs’ reflective cycle (1988) is a tool used by numerous professionals, including (but not limited to) health professionals, education workers and those in leadership positions: its purpose is to assist practitioners in reflection, which contributes to continuous personal development (CPD) and helps to ensure that a person is continually learning and improving in their role. The idea is to systematically reflect on a particular situation to ensure that all aspects have been considered and evaluated, as this will assist the reflector in understanding what to do next time they are in a similar situation. The process consists of the following steps: Click to Expand

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  1. Description: What happened?
  2. Feelings: What were you thinking/feeling?
  3. Evaluation: What was good about the experience? What was bad about it?
  4. Analysis: What sense can be made of the situation? What was really going on, as opposed to what you may have perceived?
  5. Conclusion: What was the end result – how well did you think you managed the situation overall? What else could you have done in the situation?
  6. Action plan: If the situation occurred again, what would you do? Would you act differently? Is there a skill you can develop or something you can learn to help you to be better equipped next time?


The incident I will be reflecting on occurred whilst I was placed with the vascular team. We had received a request for a duplex carotid scan for a patient on ITU who had been admitted due to a large stroke. Upon arrival we read her notes which highlighted significant aphasia and difficulties with communication. The nurse also informed us that the patient had a long standing memory problem and as a result of this, she did not remember why she had been admitted and would become very distressed when her stroke was discussed. When we approached her to perform the scan we found that she was under minimal sedation and was having assistance from a ventilator. The scan was completed without difficulty and we began to document our findings in the notes. A nurse came onto the ward with two members of the public in order to show them around ITU before the man’s surgery. This has been a long-standing protocol which strives to decrease worry before a planned stay in ITU.

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