How nursing students can be empowered by reflective practice
Sarah Dolphin Staff nurse, Westlands Inpatient Assessment and Treatment Unit, Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Hull
Reflection is not just another chore to complete on the way to qualifying, says Sarah Dolphin. She provides a detailed description of how this skill helped her to learn from one particular incident during her training
Reflective practice is seen as an important skill to develop because it enables a nurse to become self-aware and provide the best possible patient care.
This article describes how an incident during the administration of an injection caused the author to examine critically the events that occurred and their effect on patient and practitioner, and to learn from them. It is argued that reflecting on practice in this way enables nurses to develop professionally and personally and, ultimately, results in a higher standard of care.
Mental Health Practice. 16, 9, 20-23. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.06.16.9.20.e867Correspondence
None declaredPeer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 01 August 2012
Accepted: 18 October 2012