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Reflection Report Of Clinical Radiology Question: Discuss about the Reflection Report of Clinical Radiology.     Answer: Introduction Health care sector has completely reformed in recent time and changed its requirements from radiology professional in the clinical field. This reform also required to consider different areas for the placement of new radiography students in clinical sector. This reform of health care sector has made an essential requirement of outpatients units in different hospitals. This requirement is increasingly formalizing a learning clinical environment (Jokelainen, Turunen, Tossovainen, Jamookeeah, & Coco, 2011). In these units, complex technologies used represents a challenge for radiology students as they have limited theoretical knowledge or experience (Bjork, Berntsen, Brynildsen, & Hestetum, 2014). In order to complete my clinical placement for radiology studies I practiced my placement activities, as a radiographer during 3rd year of my academic session. In this report, main motive of the study is to reflect my personal experience of using these structured learning activities and outcome of such unit specific learning while targeting my experience during clinical training placement in an outpatient unit of a local hospital. Background During my clinical placement as a radiographer in third year of my nursing course, I achieved my desired goal of improving my clinical skills using theoretical knowledge I learned in college to meet the new reformed requirement of health sector. I joined (name of clinic) last year to perform clinical placement activities. During this period I worked as a radiographer and had a strong support from the clinical staff members and other nurses at the ward which made me to perform these activities easily. When I look bake to those three months of my clinical placement period I realise that I achieved my goal of practicing clinical placement activities to explore my experience of using such structured leaning activities as leaning outcomes of unit specific. During this time period working as a radiographer i performed many activities. This placement was very experiencing and beneficial for better understanding of the responsibilities of a radiographer. During this period I practiced theatre work, outpatients, inpatients, portable x-rays, and fluoroscopy too.   Reflection Initially in the first few weeks it was very difficult for me to adjust in my radiography ward where I was supposed to work for the coming 3 months. At that time I thought that how busy is this room. For me it was very strange and unreal experience being known as a “Radiographer”. At that time I was aware of only theoretical knowledge of radiology and what I was supposed to do as a radiology practitioner. After some time when I get used to with the hospital working it made feel like working in a professional and ethical environment. This practice required me to be polite and ethical with my patients. Some conversations I made with my patient helped me to improve myself as a radiographer. These conversations with different variety of patients made me help a lot to understand the importance of communication in clinical practices. At the same time I got a complete support from all clinical staff members working in ward with me. They helped me a lot to know the responsibilities of a radiographer. The professional environment of the hospital was very helpful to communicate and collaborate with the nursing staff members. While working as a radiographer I was supposed to interact with the technology most of the time therefore, a reliable information communication technical support was needed to facilitate my day-to-day use of medical imaging applications. It was easy to learn the new things in such professional environment which made me to perform many more activities during these three months of my placement period. In the starting period of my placement I attended many outpatients and inpatients. This was my first time when I was attending patients being a radiographer. In this practice I had so many good as well as worst conversations with wide range of the patients. I feel, if patients can bear the pain of injury then its ok to handle them but in case if patient having lot of pain it was very difficult for me to handle them as before this, I never deal with such situations.   Radiography Radiography deals with the radiation of harmful rays used in radiography practices. Radiography is an imaging technique in which x-rays are used to view the internal formation of an object. In this process to create an image, a beam of x-rays (some kind of electromagnetic radiation) is produced by x-ray generator and produced towards the objet (Wambani, Korir, Tries, Korir, & Sakwa, 2014). As a radiographer, in the process of obtaining x-rays, I was supposed to deal with the x-ray projectors which are used to produce a high frequency x-ray beam. These rays are very harmful to health therefore, there are some guidelines and standards to be followed while making x-rays. I remember, while working as a radiographer I had to wear a lead apron in order to protect myself from these harmful radiations. While taking x-rays of different body parts I leaned about the positioning of the photographic plate and the body part of which x-ray is to be taken. Positioning of the body parts in real practice was completely different as in theoretical knowledge I was told to imagine the position of body part in a particular position told by the instructor or teacher. But working in real practices made me to understand the positioning of real body parts while creating x-rays. This practice helped me to visualise the real practices of a radiographer and made me to realise the seriousness of a radiographer which was necessary to become a professional radiographer. Theatre Work Being a radiographer, I got a chance to work in an operating theatre which was my first experience to practice on a live surgery as a radiology student. It was operational surgery of knee. The patient had bone fracture in his right leg and a joint replacement was to be done to him. While this operation I worked in the theatre and got to know the professional discipline and working of health care staff. During this session I was working as an assistant radiographer. For this surgery, as per the demand of surgery I took 2 different x-rays of patient’s knee from different sides to understand the actual position of the knee joint. During the operation, I made three x-rays to check the live position of operating knee and artificial joint. This was required to check whether the joint was made correct or needed to correct. in a live surgery when body parts are open to operate, chances of radiation increases abruptly. Therefore, at that time I had to take much more precautions than the usual ones. In casual practice I had to wear lead apron only to myself but in such situation I needed to take care of patient to prevent him from any radiation danger. This experience made to know the complete process and responsibilities of a radiographer practising in a theatre, in a better way. This surgery made me to understand the pressure a radiographer has to go through during a live surgery which helped me to become more professional and responsible as a radiographer. In clinical practices knowing your responsibilities is must to take care of your patients in an effective way and this activity I performed in theatre work made to realise the same.   Fluoroscopy Fluoroscopy is a radiology activity used in variety of tests and procedures to treat or diagnose patients. This is kind of medical imaging which shows a continuous X-ray image on an attached monitor, like X-ray movie. For example, Barium X-ray and Enemas (used to see or view gastrointestinal parts), Catheter insertion and manipulation used to direct or examine the movement of catheter through blood vessels or urinary system, Angiograms, to visualise blood vessels and other organs Orthopaedic surgery etc. During my placement period I did fluoroscopy activities too. Barium X-ray is used to see the movement of patient’s intestine. In this procedure barium moves inside the intestine and allows doctor to set the position of patient to see the specific set of images of the desired portion of the intestine (Sinha, Sinha, & Kumar, 2015). Before this practice I knew only theoretical knowledge of fluoroscopy but this practice made me to understand the practical working of Barium X-ray, a fluoroscopy activity. As a radiographer, most of the time practitioners spend their time working with their technical instruments used in their practices but during this placement I got a chance to interact with the patient and his family members. His name is John and he was going to have a cardiac surgery next day. I spent about one and half hour with him and his family members in his ward. I talked to him and realised that he as well as his family was nervous and their only hope were the doctors who were going to operate him the very next day. Next day John undergoes the surgery and doctors had to remove the arterial blockage in his heart preventing proper blood flow. In this case I was responsible to provide the fluoroscopy report. This report was going to be used as an important tool to find out the actual positions of blockages to operate his heart successfully. The surgery was successful and this made his family happy. After the surgery, when I made another report to confirm the removal of arterial blockage and meet with John and his family for the second time. This time I saw all of them happy and they were thanking me. This experience made me to realise that a clinical practitioner is not only responsible for his patient but he is responsible for the happiness of patient’s family too. This was my first experience when I interact with such patients this much. This experience transformed me from an ordinary radiology student to a professional radiographer.    This practice made to understand the live practice or all the radiology activities I performed there. Before this practice all I knew was the theoretical knowledge of radiology and its practices. After this placement, I got to learn about the necessity of professionalism and ethical environment while practicing all these activities. In theoretical knowledge we can only imagine the live surgery and its action but in real practice I got a chance to work on an operating surgery and performed fluoroscopy activity for the surgery. This was completely new and learning experience. This experience helped me to learn much more about the working of X-ray machines and procedure of catheter insertion.   Conclusion In the last I can conclude the whole experience of my clinical placement experience as a catalyst for my transformation from an ordinary radiology student to a professional radiographer. The experience I had in those three moths made me to realise the need of professionalism and other responsibilities of a professional radiographer and turned me into a professional radiographer. The interaction with variety of patients was complementary in my experience which helped me to understand the basic ethics to be followed by a professional radiographer. These conversations I had with the patients helped me to understand the behaviour and mental situation of patients and I learned more about their expectations from a clinical practitioner. During this placement I get learn so much about the machinery equipment and other basic activities of a radiographer. Ward responsibilities and management of the ward room of a radiographer I was not aware before, learned in this experience. All these experiences were so helpful in my professional transition. At the same with this mush of knowledge I learned about the professional communication which differentiates a professional radiographer from an ordinary radiology student and essential to be followed in clinical practices.   References Bjork, I. T., Berntsen, K., Brynildsen, G., & Hestetum, M. (2014). Nursing Students’ Perception of Their Clinical Learning Environment in Placements Outside Traditional Hospital Settings. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23, 2958-2967. Jokelainen, M., Turunen, H., Tossovainen, K., Jamookeeah, D., & Coco, K. (2011). A Systematic Review of Mentoring Nursing Students in Clinical Placements. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20, 2854-2867. Sinha, M. K., Sinha, R. K., & Kumar, G. (2015). Retained Berium in the Appendix or Right Ureteric Colic? A Case Report of Surgeons Dilemma. Internatioanl Journal of Surgery Case Reports, 7, 23-25. Wambani, J. S., Korir, G. K., Tries, M. A., Korir, I. k., & Sakwa, J. M. (2014). Patient Radiation Exposure During General Fluoroscopy Examinations. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, 15(2), 262-270.

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