End of Life Care

The aims of the assessment strategy are to:

 Promote reflection on the experience of caring for patients and their families

 Promote critical and analytical thinking

 Develop a sound knowledge base in palliative care and apply it to practice

The assignment has 3 components:

Part 1 ~ Formative synopsis of your summative essay (maximum 1,000 words).

To be submitted via Turnitin before 10pm on Wednesday 26th October 2016

This formative (draft) work is not assessed but you will be given feedback on the work to assist you in developing your ideas further for the summative (final) assignment.

1. An introductory paragraph detailing the focus of your reflective essay. This should include:

 What you hope to gain from this detailed exploration

 Which reflective framework you will use in your summative essay.

2. One short paragraph describing the incident.

3. A list of the 6 learning outcomes, with a brief comment on how you anticipate addressing each of them in your summative essay.

4. A paragraph critically discussing two relevant research studies. This will form part of the critical analysis of literature in your summative essay.

5. A reference list using the Harvard referencing style.

TIP: If you include book, journal and web-references, this will provide an opportunity to receive feedback on your use of Harvard.

Part 2 ~ Summative (assessed) work

2a Critical incident analysis (3,000 – 3,300 words)

To be submitted via Turnitin before 10am on Monday 12th December 2016

Reflect on a critical incident during the care you recently provided for a patient and their family nearing the end of life. This reflection must address all of the module learning outcomes.

A critical incident is one that causes us to pause and contemplate the events that occurred in order to try to give them some meaning. This could be a positive experience or a negative one. Reflecting on a critical incident enables us to explore our thoughts, feelings and actions; to develop self-awareness and learn valuable lessons from what did and did not work well. By examining relevant evidence-based literature, we are able to bridge the gap between theory and practice; thus providing opportunities for changing our way of thinking and practicing.