Reflective Practice

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In this essay, I will reflect upon my practice placements and discuss my development in relation to professional/ethical practice, care delivery, care management and personal/professional development. These are the four domains related to the learning outcomes required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC, 2004)) for entry in to the professional register. They are all concerned with promoting high standards of professional practice and good quality of patient’s care. I will also reflect upon the Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) activities and discuss how these have contributed to my development in practice. I have changed all the names used in this essay for confidential reasons (NMC, 2004). Nurses and other health care professionals are faced with challenging and unique situations in practice, by reflecting on these experiences it allows learning to take place and gain flexible ways in which to respond to these situations (Burns and Bulman, 2000). According to Whitehead and Mason (2003, reflection is the process of examining personal thoughts and actions while focusing on your-self interaction as an individual with colleagues and the environment to obtain a clearer picture of their own behaviour. They further describe it as a process within which a practitioner can think about and achieve a better knowledge of their practice. It is therefore a learning tool which provides a basis for changing practice through a systematic procedure that is logically constructed. Two different forms of reflection exist, reflection-on-action and reflection-in-action. Reflection-on-action means re-running and analysing events which have occurred in the past while reflection-in-action entails examining individual behaviour and that of others in situations which offer learning opportunities (Maslin-Prothero, 1997). Therefore, by writing and keeping a reflective journal, nurses can identify personal and professional growth to recognize their achievements (Ghaye and...
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