This discussion will focus on the importance of reflective practice while bringing in an example of an event experienced in practice by myself and my mentor. Howatson-Jones points out that cycles of reflection help the user to define objectives and comprehend progression of skills and abilities at a later stage. Reflection within the profession of nursing is important. Within the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) Code of Conduct (2008) a stipulation of continued practice within nursing is further education and professional development throughout their working life while keeping skills and clinical competencies up to date. Matthews (2004) explains that reflection is an important tool for clinical development. Rolfe (2011) provides the argument that reflection is just as important and works alongside evidence based practice. Schon (1991) cited in Howatson-Jones (2011) describes the link between professionals reflecting in and on action and how this leads to increased efficiency in working through problems and issues. In order to adhere to the objectives governing nurses and midwives, through the NMC Code of Conduct (2008), the names and service providers mentioned within this discussion have been replaced by a pseudonym.
This discussion with utilise Gibbs’ model of reflection as it provides simple headings within which thoughts and feelings can be collated effectively. Also Gibbs provides a section for which to plan for further or future action which is an important part of reflecting. Gibbs’ model differs from other simpler models such as Borton’s REFERENCE in that it offers that final stage on what to do with reflective ideas in order to formulate an action plan for future events.
George Wilson, an 80 year old gentleman with Parkinson's, was admitted in the early hours of the morning onto my placement area. While my mentor observed I began to assess George using an ABCDE approach, whilst the nurse transporting him handed over his notes...