Work Based Learning Report

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Work Based Learning Project NURB 275. The following piece of work adheres to the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) (2008) Code of Conduct, with either fictitious names being used or omitted to protect confidentiality. Abstract This report will discuss the implementation of a change related to a cardiovascular ward. The change comes in the form of an information leaflet to raise awareness to the patient and their family about the importance of maintaining a good well balanced nutritional intake and how this affects wound healing. There is evidence to suggest that giving clients written information helps to reduce anxiety and therefore improve healing, give empowerment and increase satisfaction (Little et al, 2004)). Written information…show more content…
It would be recommended that further research was performed to find out the effectiveness of the leaflets. An audit showing the effectiveness of good nutrition on wound healing would also be beneficial. Rationale During placement on a cardiovascular surgery ward I noted that there were several delayed discharges and readmissions due to poor wound healing. This clearly has implication for the patient’s own recovery and costs to the NHS. Poor nutrition has been shown to contribute to poor wound healing (Timmons, 2003) and is therefore, an aspect of patient care that needs to be addressed. It was prominent that the ward did not have any information leaflets for patients and their family to support the verbal information/health promotion given from staff. Taking into account that Kemp (2001) estimated that 2/3 of patients admitted to hospital are at nutrition compromise and that the NHS spends up to £2 billion a year on wound management (WHRU, 2007), this seemed to be a justifiable area in need of further research.…show more content…
Coates (1999), claims that when people are in a highly aroused or socked condition in the clinical environment, they are often unable to process and retain important information. Advantages of written information as described by Coates (1999) include being permanent, consistent and easily reproducible, it also gives the patient time to reflect on the information and share it with others. Little et al (2004) found in their trial that giving clients’ information leaflets encouraged patients to raise issues with healthcare professionals, giving them a sense of empowerment, support and improved satisfaction. The Department of Health (DH) (2004) express that information gives patients power and confidence, helping them to build trusting relationships with clinical staff and work in partnership in their

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