Introduction to Reflective Practice


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Introduction to Reflective Practice

  1. 1. Reflective practice? An Introduction to Reflective Practice
  2. 2. What is reflective practice? • An active process that enables health care professionals gain a deeper understanding of their experiences (Conway, 1996)
  3. 3. What is reflective practice? • A process of learning and developing through examining our own practice, opening our practice to scrutiny by others, and studying texts from the wider sphere. It is a focusing closer and closer. (Bolton, 2010)
  4. 4. Reflective practice • “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest” – Confucius
  5. 5. Description • Describe the call or incident • Maintain patient confidentiality. • Don’t make judgments • Don’t draw conclusions • Set the scene!
  6. 6. Questions to ask? • What happened? • When did it happen? • Where were you? • Who was involved? • What were you doing? • What role did you play? • What roles did others play? • What was the result?
  7. 7. Feelings Don’t move on to analysing these yet, simply describe them.
  8. 8. Questions • How were you feeling at the beginning? • What were you thinking at the time? • How did the event make you feel? • What did the words or actions of others make you think? • How did this make you feel? • How did you feel about the final outcome? • What is the most important emotion or feeling you have about the incident? • Why is this the most important feeling?
  9. 9. Evaluation • What was good about the event? • What was bad? • What was easy? • What was difficult? • What went well? • What did you do well? • What did others do well? • Did you expect a different outcome? If so, why? • What went wrong, or not as expected? Why? • How did you contribute?
  10. 10. Analysis • What can you apply to this situation from your previous knowledge, studies or research? • What recent evidence is in the literature surrounding this situation, if any? • Which theories or bodies of knowledge are relevant to the situation – and in what ways? • What broader issues arise from this event? • What sense can you make of the situation? • What was really going on? • Were other people’s experiences similar or different in important ways? • What is the impact of different perspectives eg. personal / patients / colleagues’ perspectives?
  11. 11. Conclusion • How could you have made the situation better? • How could others have made the situation better? • What could you have done differently? • What have you learned from this event?
  12. 12. Action Plan • What do you think overall about this situation? • What conclusions can you draw? How do you justify these? • With hindsight, would you do something differently next time and why? • How can you use the lessons learned from this event in future? • Can you apply these learnings to other events? • What has this taught you about professional practice? about yourself? • How will you use this experience to further improve your practice in the future?
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  14. 14. References • • • Conway, J. (1996) Nursing Expertise and Advanced Practice. London, Quay Books. • Bolton, G (2010) Reflective Practice, Writing and Professional Development (3rd edition), California, SAGE publications.
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