My personal response was that I felt powerless and frustrated with my actions. Within the university we are taught the importance of correct documentation and how to ensure the safety of the patient. Despite my knowledge and experienced gained from previous placement regarding the documentation I was unable to utilise the skill appropriately. Johns (2006) states that when an individual wants to express their emotions they tend to feel as a failure. Johns (2006) further argues that both negative and positive feelings should be accepted as this will initiate reflection. However at the time I felt deeply embarrassed and started to question my ability to document patient care competently.
In addition, this bought a sense of anger towards my co-mentor as I felt that she was being unreasonable. Despite my anger, I was keen to impress and to demonstrate my willingness to learn. Burns and Bulman (2000) state the role of a mentor is to guide assist and support the student learning new skills and new behaviours and attitudes. After reflecting it may have been possible that my supervisor initiated the task in order to benefit from the learning opportunity. Conversely, I believe that the lack of focus and speeding the documentation may have contributed to my error. Speed is essential when working in healthcare, but accuracy and completeness are