’I would recommend this book to all the student nurses and suggest they use it throughout the training.’
Title: Reflective Practice in Nursing - 3rd edition
Author: Lioba Howatson-Jones
Reviewer: Cariona Flaherty
What was it like?
Overall the book provides an excellent guide to reflective practice for novice or experienced practitioners. The book covers a wide range of clinical scenarios, which provides a real account for readers to reflect upon. The book in particular highlights the failings of certain trusts in not conforming to the 6 C’s and the impact this may have on patient care. Outlining the NMC standards and essential skills cluster will be particularly useful for readers to help link with practice.
What were the highlights?
Each chapter provides a clear outline of aims and the continuous questioning throughout the book supports the reader to reflect while studying. Furthermore providing the answers at the end of the chapter was a nice touch so that people scanning can reflect on the main points that were covered in the chapter. The main highlights of this book would be how the writer continuously provides a map against the NMC standards and essential skill clusters, which is an essential learning tool within this book. Additionally the writer uses relevant work from published authors to support the information provided within this book, some of which students especially will use within their training, for example Gibbs’ (1998) Reflective Cycle.
Strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths: Provides easy to use profoma’s for reflective practices and allows the reader to dip in an out when reading. Can be use as a learning tool to work through different reflective frameworks and questions. Uses clear and straight forward language but also provides a glossary of terms and extensive reference list.
Weakness: I would suggest not changing the font side to small at the end of the chapter when outlining answers, as the writer makes excellent points here that are important for the reader.
Who should read it?
I would recommend this book to all the student nurses and suggest they use it throughout the training.
reflective practice in nursing 3rd ed