Reflection, return to practice and revalidation
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Reflection, return to practice and revalidation

Jane Robinson Senior co-ordinator to the chief nurse, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

This article explores the use of reflection and critical thinking during a return-to-practice programme, demonstrating both concepts and their value in developing insight. The aim of the article is to provide insight into a learner’s reflection about nursing older people and encourage nurses to reflect and think critically about their own practice, which is a requirement of forthcoming revalidation.

Lessons learned as a result of reflection must be demonstrated in order for registered nurses to revalidate. Reflection and insight gained from critical thinking can have a positive effect on individual nurses and the quality of patient care they provide.

Nursing Older People. 27, 6,31-37. doi: 10.7748/nop.27.6.31.e692


Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 19 February 2015

Accepted: 04 April 2015