Reflective practice

I learned the importance of forward planning to enhance patient care

Joanna Martin learned that proactive communication is essential to every care plan

Joanna Martin learned that proactive communication is essential to every care plan.

Abstract

While carrying out a third-year placement on an acute general children’s ward, I helped to care for three-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who had been admitted with diarrhoea and vomiting.

The child, who I will call Nadira, was fed via a nasogastric tube, and the nurses worked with her mother to re-establish a home feeding regime before her discharge. I knew it was important for a care partnership to be established between the nurses and Nadira’s family, especially her mother, who understood her daughter’s care needs and how Nadira would tolerate changes to her feeding pattern.

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This article was published in Nursing Standard, 17 April 2013, volume 27, issue 33.

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