Self Reflection (Personal Protection Equipment) PPE

SelfReflection (Personal Protection Equipment) PPE

SelfReflection (Personal Protection Equipment) PPE


Iam currently on the training practise in the Treat and Cure HealthCentre. Because am in my early stages of training, the main tasks areto assist my supervisor while he attends patients. In addition, Ialso help with store work, as well as taking care of the personalprotective equipments (PPE) in the health centre. Personal protectiveequipments (PPE) are the protective clothing, goggles, helmets, andany other equipment or garments designed to protect the wearer frominjections and injuries. According to Lomax and Jones (2014), thehazards protected by PPE include electrical, physical, chemicals,biohazards, heat, and airborne particulate matter. In hospitals, itis mandatory for doctors and nurses to wear them while attendingpatients (Dickson, 2013). The incident occurred when I requested oneof the nurses to wear a lab coat and a mask while attending patients.To my surprise, the nurse was rude to me, and even went ahead to callme names saying am just a trainee with no experience. I was soirritated that I could not articulate a single sentence coherently.For the rest of the day, I secluded myself from others, and I did notwant to speak to anyone else.


Atthat moment, I felt extremely miserable, and I even consideredquitting my training practise in that health centre. I was so angrywith this specific nurse for treating me as an inferior. Deep in myheart, I knew I was helping her. According to research, nurses whorarely wear PPE are at high risk of contracting infectious diseases(O`Brien, 2014). The incidence left me distraught for the rest of theday. The following day, I reflected the incidence once more, and Irealised I have to let it go.


Onthe day of the incidence, I felt this was the worst thing a personcan do to his fellow human being. For the rest of the day, I rarelyspoke to my colleagues or even shared this devastating experience.However, the following day, I shared the experience with my fellowtrainees. To my surprise, some of them had even faced worse treatmentthan mine. I felt more positive and learned there are manychallenges, and what matters are our reactions.


Imade the incidence worse by my own actions by letting the nurseirritate me and demean me. On the contrary, I should have stood upfor my principles and explain to her the importance of PPE ratherthan give her a chance to belittle me. In addition, I could have toldher at the incidence that I was not happy with her reactions towardme. O`Brien (2014) urges that dealing with such an incidenceimmediately is preferable. Instead, I spoke out my feeling later whenthe worst had already happened.


Inretrospect, I would not behave the same. For instance, I wouldconfront such as nurse immediately and voice out my opinions. Inaddition, I would be more assertive and explain the importance ofPPE. However, this incidence has made me realises there are variouschallenges that one is likely to face as a trainee. Additionally, Ilearnt the importance of dealing with a problem immediately it hasoccurred rather than wait the damages to occur.


Inthe future, I will always stand on my principles. When faced with asituation that is likely to anger me, I will try to solve itimmediately. To my fellow students and trainee, I will advise themthough challenges are there, they should come up the friendlystrategies to deal with them. Similarly, I will always advocate theuse of PPE for every nurse and doctors while attending patients.


Dickson,E. (2013). Personal protective equipment for chemical, biological,and radiological hazards: Design, evaluation, and selection. Hoboken:Wiley.

Lomax,R., &amp Jones, K. (2014). Surviving your social work placement(Second ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave macmillan.

O`Brien,R. (2014). Expressions of hope in paediatric intensive care: areflection on their meaning. Nursingin critical care,19(6),316-321.