Reflection on a classroom education 'event'.
Class room of Diploma of Nursing Students, debriefing after first placement in an aged care setting.
Brainstorming, and making notes on a white board, of the variety of experiences, procedures and interactions with the elderly residents that the students' had experienced. Many students were excited and eagerly relaying the care they had given residents the pleasure they felt at assisting those who could not adequately care for themselves.
One student expressed disgust that she had been "forced to clean some old codgers shitty bum'". Upon correcting her vocabulary with appropriate nursing terminology and asking what her issues were with providing care to an elderly gentleman who was unable to care for himself, she proceeded to tell the class that this was "not a nursing duty" and "only those with little education should be doing this sort of work". "That is what P.C.A's are for".
Many class members became vocally distressed at this perceived poor attitude towards the client and the PCA staff. The class was divided in opinion of nursing duty, client care, client assessment and co-workers duties in the aged care environment.
As I reflect upon this event I use Gibbs Reflective Cycle, a tool I recommend my students use in the writing of their reflective journals.
How did my students disrespect of her client and inference that attending to his needs was a menial duty make me feel? Was I being hyper critical, was she disrespectful, or was she in a debrief situation and free to say what she wanted? Was she devaluing a PCA's role and intelligence? I felt offended primarily by what I perceived as a very poor attitude towards the client being referred to as an "old codger" and the scathing manner that she referred to his need for personal care. I was distressed by the unprofessional expression and the lack of compassion towards the individual as well as that caring for an individual's hygiene needs was considered...