This was consistent with the Patient Mealtime Initiative (PMI) (NHS, 2007) implemented in our ward.
As a student nurse, I would be assist the patient to self-feed and make his environment comfortable and uncluttered. When he turned to me, I informed him that he could now start eating.
Communicating effectively with my patients and other health and social care professionals would help improve the care received by my patients.
Benner’s (1984) stages of clinical competence would be used to underpin my development from novice to competent.
Since patients are in unfamiliar surroundings with unfamiliar people, they might express their fears and anxieties through aversive behaviours (NICE, 2006).
It is shown that nurses react negatively to aversive behaviours of older patients with dementia (Jensen et al., 2010).
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has set out at least four domains of competencies for entry to the register in Adult Nursing.
In this brief, I will focus on the second domain of communication and interpersonal skills.
On reflection, the incident taught me to be more patient and to understand both verbal and non-verbal messages.
It took some time for me to realise that I have to feed the patient since he appeared confused.