Reflection is something that many of us do on a daily basis without even realising it. It is a process you go through where you recapture your experiences, analyse and evaluate them, to make sense of them. This lets you consider whether alternative actions would have led to an alternative outcome.
The term ‘critical’ reflection introduces a further element to reflection. This enables you to not only think about the processes, but also make judgments about the outcome. It enables you to recognise what has happened, and understand why it happened. …show more content…
It enables you to honestly observe how you influence a situation and how the situation has affected you. This allows you to analyse your feelings, beliefs, values, and behaviours and justify and make sense of why we acted the way we did. ‘Donald Schön, an American philosopher and industrial consultant, developed critical reflection as a strategy for learning from practice to solve complex situations that require problem solving skills and a degree of artistry.’ (Dandrea, 2009)
Self-awareness for a health care worker involves knowledge of your own beliefs, values and behaviours; and knowing how to convey these upon others. It is important for developing good interpersonal skills and building good relationships with patients.
Reflective practice is the practical application of the results of reflection. It is the process of self-inquiry, where you identify the behaviours and actions you have used to the previous events, and learn how adapting/changing these will enhance the outcome, allowing you to improve your personal development. Reflective practice aids you in becoming a more proactive, qualified professional, facilitating the improvement of quality patient