When reflecting upon your own skills, self-evaluation can be done with the assistance of others.
List two types of people self-evaluation may be undertaken with?
Answer: A fellow nurse is my first choice. Self-evaluation is the difference between the much you know now and what you knew before starting your studies. A fellow nurse because they exhibit similar knowledge as I do. My tutor is also best placed to gauge my level of knowledge as far as self-evaluation is concerned since they already wide knowledge.
Sometimes feedback on how your beliefs and values affect your performance may not be as positive as one would like.
How do you go about accepting negative feedback without becoming defensive?
Answer: More often than not we get to, we find ourselves getting negative feedbacks, contrary to our expectations. I would just take it positively and try and see the truth in it. Sometimes being told well done doesn’t really mean the work is absolutely great. I therefore choose the truth.
Part of the review process requires giving and receiving feedback with co-workers.
How do you go about this?
Answer: Giving and receiving feedback is a very important aspect of communication. I would carry this out by circulating a questionnaire in all the departments then collect them and use them to come up with my own conclusion of what is it really that the co-workers need and how to satisfy them. The questionnaire will not allow the co-workers to disclose their identity thus increasing their ability to respond. Feedback will be communicated through memos, emails and personal letters depending on the nature of the message. General feedbacks will be displayed on notice boards through memos and departmental circulars while personal feedback will be through letters and emails.
Part of the review process requires giving and receiving feedback with clients and or other stakeholders.
How do you go about this?
Answer: To get feedback from clients or stakeholders I would draft and circulate a memo asking about that particular thing. I would then collect the feedback of the matter through a suggestion box. This is the easiest way to collects data from a large group in an institution like a hospital.
If you have been provided with some feedback and have identified an area where you need further training, mentoring, or advice, what type of individuals might you seek assistance from?
Answer: I would first seek assistance from my tutor on my areas of weakness. He/she can easily understand my level of knowledge for that matter and give perfect advice. I would also ask for assistance from my practical coordinator, say a doctor who has got high levels of experience in the job.
Organisations often have established requirements for the professional development of their staff in order to meet the needs of their sector and/or clients.
How do you or would you ensure you meet your organisation's guidelines when undertaking professional development?
Answer: when undertaking professional development I will align my personal goals with organizational requirements to ensure that the new skills that I acquire meet the deficits that the organization faces. This will involve planning personal development goals with my direct supervisor to ensure that they are aligned to the organization
Why is it beneficial for you as a counsellor to be involved in in the regular review process which determines the professional development and training needs of yourself and others within the organisation?
Answer: participatory approaches in employee development are regarded as ensuring that the review process is employee driven. This means that being involved in the review process increases ownership by ensuring that the proposed mechanism reflect what I understand and the needs that I have. Further, this will play a role in giving feedback to my counterparts through real time reporting that reflects the needs that we have
A part of the counselling/case management process requires the counsellor to be aware of their own needs and areas of vulnerability.
What steps or processes do you use to protect yourself from these areas of vulnerability?
Answer: Vulnerability is an aspect of being of an individual which grows well through transparency to experience of self and others. I would therefore have to work on my own flaws before having to pass any decision in terms of case management in order to avoid poor decision making processes.
How often do you feel you should revise and amend your self-development plan?
Answer: More often I do want to revise my self-development plan. I have come to realise that life has a lot to learn and all is a process that needs time. So this prompts me to think of self -developing myself with time even as I do continue practicing the work.
How would you identify current industry developments and where appropriate how might you apply them to improve your area of practice?
The best way to identify current industry development is by carrying out research and then I would come up with my own plan on how to improve on my area of study. Reason for doing research is that it provides plentiful of information that may otherwise be hard to find.
How do you or would you ensure you meet ethical and legal requirements within your area of practice?
Answer: Ethics in any field or career is one very crucial thing. Therefore, I would ensure that I adhere to the stipulated rules of the institution in order to avoid causing problems related to lack of discipline such as administering wrong medication, and failure to provide spiritual care to patients.
How do you determine what opportunities may exist for professional development?
Answer: To determine the availability of opportunities for professional development, I will ensure that I have the access to research material such as the internet in order to get connected to the outside world. I will also be very aggressive in terms of knowledge acquisition in order to grab opportunities
Provide an example of how you might undertake a regular review of your knowledge and skills?
Answer: To conduct a review of my level of knowhow, I would have to go to the field, which is a hospital and practice on my clients, the patients. That will assist in building my confidence and by extension gauge my knowledge and skills acquired in the learning process.
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