Applying reflective practice
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Applying reflective practice

Christine Nash A&E Sister, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex

Christine Nash exemplifies reflective practice as a frequently used but infrequently defined concept in nursing (Jarvis 1992), with intuition seldom granted legitimacy as a sound approach to clinical judgement (Benner and Tanner 1987). She follows with a personal account of how she used reflective practice and intuitive skills in reassessing an A&E attender

One late shift, I came on duty and took over from a nurse from the previous shift who handed over to me a young woman who I will call Ann. The patient had been seen and assessed by the A&E doctor and found to be having a threatened abortion. She was now awaiting transfer by ambulance to one of our neighbouring hospitals where she was to receive gynaecological care.

Emergency Nurse. 6, 10, 14-18. doi: 10.7748/en1999.

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