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Developing Reflective Practice, A guide for Health and Social care, students and practitioners

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Title: Developing Reflective Practice, A guide for Health and Social care, students and practitioners

Author: Natius Oelofsen

Publisher: Lantern Publishing Ltd, 2012

Reviewer: Louise Goodyear, 1st year adult student nurse

What was it like?

Developing Reflective Practice is a thorough and concise book enabling students, qualified nurses and any other health professional to become confident reflective practitioners within their own field.

I found this book to be an informative tool for students due to the layout, which includes reflective activities throughout each chapter. This enables the reader to challenge ideas and address them in practice scenarios.


What were the highlights? 

From the beginning it is evident that this book will encourage a student to become used to keeping practice journals or diaries of events. And then the reflective exercises enable you to question whether the concepts and techniques that have been put in place during placements and practicals have been  utilised.

I also enjoyed the chapter “When the going gets tough”. This chapter discusses stress on frontline services and that as a practitioner you will be faced with challenging  and sometimes difficult emotional situations that can affect your own morale and general wellbeing. Here the author discusses strategies to enable you to see signs of stress and even burnout and act upon them. I felt reflective activities would be beneficial here for an individual and also group situations.

Strengths & weaknesses:

Particularly good chapter summaries, which help you identify key points throughout each chapter, enabling you to conclude and reflect well on each area of study. Also there are sections at the end of each chapter for further reading, which are informative, enabling us all to become reflective practitioners and to  be able to deliver high quality care to the service users and also to the colleagues we work with.

Who should read it?

I felt overall this book was a well-written and educational tool particularly for a nursing student and even a social work student. As a student reflection is a key element within nursing studies, I feel this book would most certainly assist a nursing student within this key area.

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