Using reflection in nursing practice to enhance patient care
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Using reflection in nursing practice to enhance patient care

Brian Lucas Associate lecturer, The Open University, Milton Keynes, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the potential benefits of reflection for nurses

  • To refresh your knowledge of the types and models of reflection that nurses can use

  • To consider which reflective activities you could incorporate into your practice

The ability to reflect on, and learn from, practice experiences is essential for nurses when seeking to provide effective person-centred care. This article outlines the various types of reflection that nurses can use, such as reflection-in-action and reflection-on-action. It also details some of the main models of reflection and explains how nurses might develop their skills in reflection to enhance the quality of patient care. The article provides examples of cases and reflective activities to demonstrate how nurses can use reflection in their practice.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e11598

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Lucas B (2023) Using reflection in nursing practice to enhance patient care. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e11598

Published online: 03 April 2023

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