An Assignment Using Gibbs 1988 Reflective Cycle

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The purpose of this assignment is to critically reflect on the emergency child protection management of one neonate diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome who was at risk of abduction from hospital by his mother. Newborn abductions are common risks in Neonatal and Maternity units (Shogan, 2001) however this was my first experience. Actual names of people and places have been changed for confidentiality purposes (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2004) and the infant will be known as Chris and his parents Corrina and Liam. In many nursing programs worldwide the Gibbs Reflective Cycle and Guided Reflection Model are now a respected and required learning and assessment methods (Duffy, 2008). To structurally guide the reflective process the author has utilized Gibbs (1988) reflective cycle as oppose to the Johns (1995) guided reflection model which was also reviewed. The author favors Gibbs (1988) cycle because it suited her personal style of learning. It also provides focus by promoting awareness of skills possesses, builds confidence and enhances professional autonomy (Hilliard, 2006). Johns (1995) model of guided reflection, on the other-hand is different and superior to personal or unaided reflection. Without the use of a guide, novice reflectors may not uncover relevant issues and not utilize reflective practice as intended. Gibbs reflective cycle consists of six stages that guide the reflector through the stages of the reflective process by asking a series of cue questions (See Appendix 1). Chris was born at 37 weeks gestation at Gravity Hospital. He was nursed on labor ward but was assessed to be irritable, jittery and has a very high pitched cry. He was transferred to the Neonatal Unit for assessment and management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. A search of available ‘alert notices’ indicate Corrina was reported missing by St Elsewhere County

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