Reflective Practice

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Reflective Practice

Definition of Reflective Practice
Reflective practice is a way of studying your own experiences to improve the way you work (Deakin, 2010)

Reflective practice highlights the importance of learning from experiences after thinking about it and relates the practical experiences to the theoretical learning approaches                   (Oxbridgewriters, 2011).

Definition Cont’d
It is a process by which practitioners focus on how they interact with their colleagues and environment in order to obtain a clearer picture of their own behaviour, thus building on existing strengths.

Reflective Practitioner   is usually engaged in some kind of activity (often professional) which they can use to reflect on their strengths, weaknesses and areas for development
                                              (Somerville & Keeling, 2004)

Definition Cont’d
Critical reflection includes questioning routines, habitual practice, challenging “conventional wisdom”, being able to ask others and ourselves “why-type” questions . Such as:
1What is my nursing care like?
2 Why is it like this?
3 How has it come to be this way?
4 What aspect of it would I like to improve?
5 Whose interest are being served (or denied) by my job?

                                                                        (Scribid, 2010)

Benefits of Reflective Practice
Increases confidence and allows one to become a more proactive professional;

Improves the quality of care given and close the gap between theory and practice;

It provides a deeper understanding of our approach to nursing and leads to greater effectiveness as a nurse;
                          (Somerville & Keeling, 2004; Wipp, 2006)

Benefits of Reflective Practice
Improves communication and interaction with colleagues;
Develops autonomy, self-awareness and self-direction;
Enhances learning, creativity and sustainability;
Increases problem solving skills;
Allows for examination of thinking patterns, documentation...

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