Using reflective practice to learn from good and bad experiences
Kristina Royds Nurse practitioner, Hollins Park Hospital, Warrington, University of Chester
During her nursing diploma, Kristina Royds encountered different mentorship styles. Here she explains how she used the reflective cycle to guide her professional development
During a three-year nursing course, the author used Gibbs’s reflective cycle to consider two placement experiences in residential homes; one for older people, and the other for people with learning disabilities. The first student-mentor interviews and subsequent thoughts and feelings are described, and lessons learned about self, mentorship and staff culture are discussed. These experiences led to the decision to qualify as a learning disability nurse.
Learning Disability Practice. 13, 5,20-23. doi: 10.7748/ldp2010.06.13.5.20.c7821