Gibb’s Reflection Model on Stolen Generation of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders


Added on  2023-06-13

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Bachelor of nursing
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The essay deals with the Gibb’s reflection model, which is used as framework for
reflecting on the clinical incident where the patient care was affected by the stolen generation of
the Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander. Refection is an important skill for nursing to evaluate
their strengths and weakness (Gibbs, 1988).
I have been educated on experiences of the cultural background and the traumatic events
faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. Throughout the semester, I had learning
and awareness of the experiences of the Indigenous people which drastically impacted my
perspective towards them and rationale for their health issues. On gaining the knowledge of
stolen generation of the Indigenous people, I have realised the reason for their mental health
issues. The same was also narrated by my fellow nurses who closely worked with these people.
Stolen generation refers to removing children from their families due to Aboriginal background.
The parents were lied that the children will soon be returned after education but they were soon
made slaves to the rich Caucasian families. The culture of the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous
people are different in several aspects. These children were then mistreated (Funston & Herring,
2016). It means the Indigenous children went through horrific measures that had great impact on
their overall wellbeing. I learned that these community people were found to be high represented
in the mental health problems and different chronic illnesses
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Though chary in discussing this issue, I could think fairly and work through the
conclusion. I felt guilty about the children’s experiences and their parents on being aware of the
severity of the issue. However, I could restore my composure as I have no control over the
matter. However, I was satisfied with the government’s move on the issue. The federal
government did apologise for the past mistake and injustices in this matter (Terszak, 2015).
Although history is filled with injustice events it is highly distinguished from the current events.
As a nurse I feel more responsible to work towards the common good of the victims of the stolen
generations, and then I was before. However, I also feel it is difficult to compensate on an
individual basis considering the discrimination against these children. I personally do not believe
in discrimination and health care inequity. My feelings have changes on learning these
experiences of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. I feel nursing is beyond proceeding with
clinical regime. I could realise with the help of the readings that experiences like stolen
generations had great impact on Indigenous people because they hold great values associated
with conformity, traditions, and security. It changed my perception that their cultural values and
beliefs would not be the strong determinants of behaviour of present children and adults.
I feel that the evidence related to the child welfare in NSW is conclusive in regards to the
issue of stolen generation, because the literature two supports the fact that the children with
mixed races were treated differently (Pilger, 2014). This made me unhappy, yet I am please to
know the factors affecting the health of the people who were stolen. It includes low self esteem,
loneliness, loss of identity, legal problems, poor education, poor access to medical services, legal
issues, lack of trust, difficulty in identifying with their religious beliefs (Pilger, 2014). These
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