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Is it possible to reflect on your practice on a daily basis?

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Markey L, Farvis R (2014) Reflective practice in an acute setting. Nursing Times; 110: 24, 16-18.



This initiative was undertaken to find a realistic and sustainable approach to reflective practice in an acute hospital ward. A questionnaire was distributed to staff on an oncology ward to discover their thoughts on finding an approach that could be used on a daily basis. The results were collated and a reflective tool was developed; a pilot study was carried out, which found the tool to be usable. Communication improved between staff and a more reflective culture began to develop.

Let’s discuss…

  • Is it possible to reflect on your practice on a daily basis?
  • Is reflection a part of your normal work routine?
  • How useful do you find clinical supervision?
  • The research suggests that if staff feel valued, the quality of care improves. Do you find this to be the case?
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  • Anonymous

    Yes I believe it is possible to reflece on practice ona daily basis. Some of the best interprofessional learningn comes from reflective practice and case based discussions during handover periods and ward rounds etc. In the community, nurses could do the same things in their team base. Sharing experiences is easy, what is challenging is recognising that it is in fact reflective practice.
    It is definitley part of my daily work routine. Formal clinical supervision on the other hand I find can be wasted time where the allocated time is used for social talking and bonding.
    While I've never measured the fact that valued staff sees improvements in the quality of care delivery my hunch is that this is right. Staff who are empowered to feel a sense of personal and team worth have a different vibe to those that aren't.

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  • Anonymous

    Yes it is possible and a very useful activity too. I have kept my reflective diary for 35 years - it stores a record of nursing practices ( in hospital and the community) which come and go, as do drugs as well, changes in the attitudes to nursing and patients. The changes in patients behaviours and attitudes to staff and each other too. And my activities, the good, things I cringe over so could improve too.And the staff interactions which are also cringe worthy too at times.

    Participant Observation is a very useful tool for reflection. The other marvelous thing about it is the record it creates of those I have worked with, so no staff member is ever completely forgotten. They may escape me( and often their names do too), but their actions are recorded for prosperity.

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