Clinical Reflection on Practice

Assessment 1: Clinical Reflection on Practice


Weighting: Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory

Word count:  There is a word limit of 750 words. Use your computer to total the number of words used in your assignment. However, do not include the reference list at the end of your assignment in the word count.  In-text citations will be included in the additional 10% word count. If you exceed the word limit by more than 10% the marker will stop marking at 750 words plus 10%.

Due Date: Week 11 Monday 25th September 2017 at 1700 hours


Submission details: Refer to Submission Requirements (p.19)


Marking Criteria and Standards:  See page 13-14

Aim of assessment

Professionals require a portfolio to demonstrate their experience, ongoing professional development and reflections on those experiences and activities. This assessment aims to enhance students’ understanding of the professional obligation of nurses to keep a portfolio. The reflections/ blogs are documents that students can revisit and develop during their nursing degree and throughout their professional career.


Step 1:

During week 2, week 4 and week 10 the first 15 minutes of Workshop B will be designated for you to write a 150 word blog, reflecting on professional learning experience from PPE 4 completed that week, using the SAO acronym. The SAO acronym stands for Situation, Action and Outcome. The acronym is used for reflective practice as reflection is a process of recalling experiences in order to evaluate what has occurred and why, and learns from the experience (Dempsey, Hillege & Hill 2014).


During the reflection you must use at least TWO academic references less than 5 years old with a total of 5 different references used over the course of the 4 reflections.


In addition, during these weeks you are required to access the PPE 4 learning outcomes and Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses in Australia and link it with a PPE 4 learning objective of your own. See example below:



Week 2 Learning objective:

To learn the different types of medication schedules and routes and learn how to administer them proficiently 3. Apply ethico-legal principals & safe professional nursing care when administering therapeutic substances 1. Nurses practice in a safe and competent manner (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, 2008).


In the labs this week I was to administer a Schedule 8 medication. An S8 medication is a substances and preparations classified as drugs of addiction (NSW HEALTH, 2010). This means that procedure show that two RN s must sign the drug out of the cupboard and administer the medication, to prevent adverse effects.


When I was removing the medication from the cupboard with the second student nurse we verified the order and counted the drugs as the policy states. However my tutor came over to check he procedure and noticed we were administering an incorrect dose. According to MIMS (2014), the dose I was going to administer would have had detrimental effects on the patient. This made me feel very shocked and upset that had I been in a hospital that a medication error would have occurred. Medication errors are potentially preventable in 50% of cases (Australian commission on safety and quality in health care, 2011).


For future practice I will validate the medication order prior to asking the second nurse to sign out. I will always check the order if I am a second checker and make sure I am not disturbed during the process. I feel medication errors are very serious and as a registered nurse I will make sure all the processes relating to administration are followed through with attention to detail.

Week 4: etc      


Step 2:

For week 11, you are required to write a 300 word blog, reflecting on your Clinical placement (week 5-10) if you have been on clinical OR the entire semester learning from weeks 1-4 or 10, using the SAO acronym. This reflection must be on one of the following areas:

  • Interactions within a multi disciplinary team
  • Conflict management
  • Interacting with families and patients during times of illness.

N.B For those students who have not yet been on clinical placement you can reflect on the above areas from a previous clinical placement or discuss your experience working within a team environment in the CPU with other students.


N.B Please note that the learning objectives for each blog (4 in total) is not included in the 750 word count


To pass this assessment you need to achieve a satisfactory in 7 out of the 8 marking criteria

The 300 word reflection/BLOG will NOT be completed in class.

Step 3:

You will need to access Clinical portfolio via vUWS, and have your tutor OR clinical facilitator sign off the skills you have completed during placement or CPU. This is required to be uploaded in week 11 with your blogs. This can be accessed under the assessment tab in the PPE4 vUWS page. A minimum of 50% of these skills MUST be signed off.

See below


Step 4:

During week 11, the assessment will be due. You will need to upload ALL 4 BLOGS, totalling 750 words, learning objectives and your clinical portfolio.

Special instructions for submission: For TURNITIN checking purposes, students are to

  • Upload a copy of your PPE 4 Clinical Portfolio (2nd year page). Note that all skills do not have to be completed only a minimum of 50%.
  • List the 4 learning objectives, which PPE 4 learning outcome and Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses in Australia they relate to. An example of how this must be set out is shown on page 11.
  • Upload the blogs. The references should appear at the end of your document.

Once this is complete you will be required to upload the document through TURNITIN. The learning objectives and references do not form part of the final word count however, they are assessable components.


  1. Examples may be available on the vUWS site.
  2. There are a number of textbooks and resources available through the Western Sydney University Library that may assist you. Please refer to the unit’s vUWS site for specific unit resources

Answer preview:

Word limit: 800 words