The Role Of Reflection In Nursing

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It would be folly to state that reflection is useful only for academic and training purposes. Reflection is a process in which the majority, if not all, people use on a day to day basis. Whether it is on the way home from work after a hard day, or perhaps after a conversation with a family member; it would be a rare individual indeed who could state that they do not go over previous experiences in their mind. It is, in essence, the active evaluation of our day-to-day lives.
The act and art of reflecting as a nurse and, particularly a student nurse is vital as, “… there is an emotional cost to nurses of caring for others who are vulnerable. This is a result of nurses being confronted with deep-seated human needs and anxieties on a daily basis”
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When considering evidence, recalling previous practice incidents and experiences, gives the reflecting practitioner a foundation on which build their education and skills (Jasper, Rosser, & Mooney, 2013). By allowing themselves, in the first instance, the humility to learn from both their positive and negative experiences, a health professional can truly grow towards the gold standard that is the ambition of all branches of medicine and care. However, given the popular adage ‘learning from our mistakes’, it would be fair to say that, on a society level at least, we believe negative situations to be where a person and professional would stop and think about their actions and give scope for personal growth and education. Johns (2010), states that people learn through these everyday experiences as part of a narrative journey to become who they want to be, both as an individual and a …show more content…
Most, if not all, reflective models stand on the foundation of the ‘Evidence/Reflection/Action’ (ERA) cycle. This triangular model states that through experience comes reflection and that, from reflection, comes action (Sewell, 2017). Once the action has been completed, the process can be repeated. The cyclical nature of the model allows for constant revalidation and reflection throughout a professional’s career; indeed, throughout their personal life.
Within healthcare practice, it takes on a more defined role, with the reflective process being the link between theory and clinical practice and care (Howatson-Jones, 2013). It is considered a responsibility of a healthcare professional to continually update and improve their skillset and knowledge in order to provide the best possible care for the patient. In this way, a health professional becomes a reflective practitioner (Johns, 2010), and is constantly evolving and improving through their personal and professional experiences (Jasper, Rosser, & Mooney,

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