Gibbs Reflective Model

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The patient interview is the initial method to gain comprehensive data about the patient to provide holistic care and effective treatment (Andrea & Kotowski, 2017). Thousands of health assessment interviews are performed by healthcare professionals during their carrier (Slade & Sergent, 2019). Effective communication skills play a vital role in carrying out the appropriate health assessment interview (Andrea & Kotowski, 2017). In this essay, Gibbs's reflective cycle (1998) (Potter, 2015) will be utilized to reflect on the feeling while performing the health assessment interview of a patient during the clinical placement. In the end, the conclusion of the essay will be given.


During my placement at the start of the shift, I and my buddy nurse were handed over about a new admission of a 62-year-old lady Miss Jo (pseudonym). The nurse told us that the health assessment interview was done and documented. There was a new admission of a 62-year-old lady MISS J. (pseudonym). After the handover, my buddy nurse asked me to re-take her health assessment interview as it will be a good experience for me. During the health assessment interview, I came to know that the patient had a recent fall at the reception of the hospital which was missing in the documents and she was not documented as a risk for fall. I told the situation to my buddy nurse and she corrected the mistake and put the patient on risk for fall.


At the start of the interview, I was nervous due to a lack of confidence and interviewing skills. However, when I introduced myself and utilized interviewing techniques, which I learned from theory, I built a rapport with the patient and stared feeling confident. At the end of the interview, I was happy to find out a critical mistake in the documentation, especially in the risk assessment form. Appreciation from the buddy nurse also gave me confidence in communicating with other patients. 


The things that went well in this incidence was that I developed confidence in taking health assessment interview from the patients effectively by utilizing different techniques like active listening, adaptive questions, showing empathy and care (Crawford et al., 2017). Literature shows that active listening, empathy, and care helps in developing rapport between healthcare and the patient and this increase the confidence of both patient and the health professional during the interview (Price, 2017). I felt happy and proud by pointing out the risk for the patient and appreciation from the buddy nurse gave me the confidence and motivated me in taking health assessment interviews from other patients. Literature shows that appreciation from the seniors built self-confidence and motivate the student nurses (Papathanasiou et al., 2014). 

One negative experience I observed in this event is that the busy schedule of the nurses taking health assessment interviews took a lot of time and the mistake can happen while taking an interview in a hurry. The nurse who took an initial health assessment was in a hurry due to the change of the shift and missed out on the critical risk factor for Miss Jo. Literature shows that busy schedules and ineffective time management can result in adverse health outcomes for the patient (Said, 2014).

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