Critical reflection may be defined as analysing, observing, questioning of assumptions and learning through experience. Critical reflection is thought upon at all times by most people on a day-to-day basis. Predominantly reflection is done when an error has occurred. Whether it be reflecting on a personal relationship, work, family or even Critical Reflection critical reflection about one’s upbringing. Nursing professionals are required to critically reflect at all times so to help them learn from their mistakes, be empowered, keep positive work consistent and importantly to provide the best care possible to all their patients. There are a number of tools available to help nurses and midwives through this process. Most nursing professionals have faced some sort of negativity, mistakes by others or themselves sometime in their profession. Critical reflection is an important process for nurses to be able to not only deal with these situations but to help them learn and grow from them so if they ever face a similar situation they are equipped with the right knowledge and tool. One tool that is available to nursing professionals, for their critical reflection process, is the Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle. The Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle consists firstly of the description of what happened followed by the feeling on the situation, evaluation of the experience, analysis, conclusion and lastly the action plan if a similar situation occurred (Dempsey and Wilson, 2010). Although the critical reflection process may seem simple it may be in depth depending on the situation at hand. Lucas (2012) states that many people don’t understand the concept, process and importance of critical reflection and may not take the time to think about and utilise the critical reflection tools such as the Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle. Williams (n.d.) writes that critical reflection is well processed by students in theory but when it comes to actioning it in their practical it is often not...
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