Reflective Practice Essay

4224 Words Jul 8th, 2011 17 Pages
Reflective practice in nursing is considered an important aspect to nursing. Durgahee ( 1997) defines reflective practice as a process of learning and teaching professional maturity through the critical analysis of experience, whilst John ( 2009) up to date explanation of reflection is learning through our everyday experience towards realising one vision of desirable practice as a lived reality.

Portfolio entry one
Practice placement reflection

Whilst there are many notion for reflection the main goal is for health professionals to learn, grow and develop through practice. There are a number of models of reflection to help engage in the process of reflection. In this entry I would be using the Driscoll framework of reflection
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I would not have realised that I making judgements about my colleagues that are more experienced than me. If I was put in this position again I would reflect on my past actions and experience, I would read the patients notes before attending appointments made with them the visit speaking to mentor to see where I can improve and writing down my actions after visiting patients and observing my behaviour and attitude over a period of time. Writing is a means where one can facilitate reflective practice (Heath,1998).

Entry three

This entry of the portfolio is going to reflect on another field of nursing and how the skills of the health professionals in that field of nursing are used for caring for patients. Paediatric nursing involves working with sick and vulnerable patients from birth through to adolescent they are specialised in caring for children.
Paediatric nursing entails skills that are similar to that of other branches of nursing such as communication skills and listening skills however some of the skills that paediatric nursing entails are also complex. Caring for young patients may seem simple; however paediatric nurses have to learn and understand about major developmental milestones, from infants to adolescents, Changes with each age group will vary

Some children may not be able to articulate what pain they feel, or how they feel about

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