Reflection and personal learning
Intended for healthcare professionals

Reflection and personal learning

Melaine Coward Head of school, Faculty of health and medical sciences, school of health sciences, University of Surrey, England

Part one of this six-part continuing professional development series considered the role of nurse managers in supporting reflection for professional learning. It was aimed at enabling readers to consider critically the role of reflection in nursing and relate this to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s professional requirements. Part two explores approaches to and benefits of reflection for self-development. The notion of self-development may seem removed from professional practice and nurse leadership but the traits that demonstrate who we are, how we learn, how we act and how we influence are related to and transferable from self to professional self. This article considers the purpose of reflecting beyond professional requirements, the influence of our experiences on who we are and what we learn, the value of protected time to think and the benefits of reflecting for personal development.

The aim of this article is to consider the transferability of reflection between our professional and personal selves. After reading this article and completing the time outs, you should be able to:

Consider the role of reflection in your personal life.

Develop a considered approach to gaining knowledge through experience.

Contemplate the links between being reflective and being thoughtful.

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2018.e1752


Coward M (2018) Reflection and professional learning. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2018.e1752

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 14 June 2018

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