Reflecting on nursing practice during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Reflecting on nursing practice during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jane Brindley Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To remind yourself of the importance of reflection to enhance nursing practice

  • To recognise how the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has challenged nurses and resulted in new needs for reflection

  • To refresh your knowledge of three models of reflection that you could use in your practice

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in significant challenges for nurses, both professionally and personally. In these unprecedented times, new opportunities to reflect on practice have emerged. Through reflection, whether individually or with others, nurses can explore areas of their practice that could be developed and improved. This article outlines the types of reflection and discusses its benefits and challenges, explaining how it is linked to nurses’ regulatory revalidation processes. It also details various models and activities that nurses can use to reflect on their practice during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11569

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Brindley J (2020) Reflecting on nursing practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11569

Published online: 05 October 2020

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