Describe a nursing situation you have encountered in your clinical placement. The situation can be a specific physiological patient problem, a situation involving a patient’s family or a staff member. It can also be a description of your role in problem solving or of an ethical issue you encountered in practice. The key is you need to have been directly involved in the event. You must also maintain confidentiality of your subjects at all times, that is – do not identify the patient, staff or hospital site.
Describe your relationship to the patient, staff member, person at the time you noticed the situation. That is: was it your patient, had you seen the person before, the quality and length of your relationship.
Consider experiences you have had that helped you provide care in this situation. Describe your formal knowledge (physiology, communication skills etc); previous nursing experience with a similar problem; as well as any personal experiences that helped guide you as you worked through this situation.
Describe your beliefs about your role as the nurse as you were working through this situation.