P&EthNPC – Semesters Reflective Essay

P&EthNPC – Semesters Reflective Essay
Tips and Assessment Criteria
For the final assessment for P&EthNPC you have been asked to prepare a reflective essay where you are
asked to explore:
“Three elements from the semesters content (topics covered) and describe how this has assisted you in
understanding the complex ethical issues involved in delivering nursing care and describe how the
learning experience will have an impact to your own future practice”
This essay is in line with the NMBA requirements for our professional competence surrounding reflection,
where it states that an important aspect of ongoing learning is exploring the impact of your experiences on
your ongoing development for professional practice and your analysis of any positive impacts as well as
possible opportunities for further develop.
Tips to assist you with this essay are below:
General Points:

The reflection can be written in the 1st or 3rd depending on context of your discussion – essentially are you
discussing yourself = 1st person or are you discussing other things = 3rd person.
It must be reflective so please click on this link HERE for assistance with this concept and draw from your
experiences from Assessment 1.
If mentioning any discussion do not identify any individual involved by name.

Structure:


This task is in line with a tradition essay and thus should include an introduction, main body and conclusion.
Give an introduction to the topic and briefly state the semester’s elements that you have identified as the focal
points of your semesters experiences.
Structure the body of the essay in a logical sequence so the content flows
Have a conclusion that summarises the key points that you have discussed within the paper.
Ensure you check the essay for spelling or grammatical errors
Word count will be 1800 words +/- 10%



Content:

Answer the reflective question “Three elements from the semesters content (topics covered) and describe how
this has assisted you in understanding the complex ethical issues involved in delivering nursing care and
describe how the learning experience will have an impact to your own future practice”
You will have at least three to six body content paragraphs with at least one (possibly two or three) focused on

one of your three elements.
Critical Analysis:

Critically analyse each of the three selected elements for their ethical perspective and provide a rationale for the
discussion/statements you make.
Support your work with relevant literature from peer reviewed sources and your textbooks so that the essay
content links to contemporary theory (less that ten years).
Remember it is not enough to just put a statement and cite it, you should let your reader know what the
author/s have stated and why it is relevant to your situation.
Ensure that reflection is evident throughout drawing the elements back to possible changes for your future
practice.

Referencing:


Referencing is accurate and consistent with ANS’s Style and Referencing Guide
References are from primary sources and the evidence cited highlights researching widely ( at least 4-5 sources
well explained regarding their content)

Reflective Essay Marking Criteria:
Structure: 25%




Introduces the reflection and states the three elements to be covered.
Provides a description of the way the reflection will proceed
Reflection concludes with a clear, logical and convincing summary.
Demonstrates clear sentence structure with the information/content flowing clearly in a logical
sequence.
Clarity of discussion and precision of expression is of good quality with no spelling or grammar
issues.
Content: 60%
Demonstrates an ability to be an active, aware critical learner by providing a clear explanation of
the key points and possible impacts on clinical practice for the selected elements
Exploration evident of personal assumptions, attitudes, values and beliefs in regard to the selected
elements.
Exceptional analysis of connections between what is known by the student and the skills and/or
knowledge to be to be acquired for developing professional practice.
The discussion throughout the reflection is clearly supported by the literature providing a well
balanced discussion.
Referencing: 15%



Always accurate and consistent with ANS Style and Referencing Guide.
References are all primary sources and contemporary.
Direct quotations are only used to make crucial points.
Evidence the student has researched widely.

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