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Reflective Practice in Nursing

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Title: Reflective Practice in Nursing

Author: Lioba Howatson-Jones

Publisher: Sage, 2013

Reviewer: Paul Watson, Head of Child Development, Marshland High School

What was it like?

Reflective Practice in Nursing aims to make sense of, experiences that can sometimes seem uncertain, chaotic or even mundane to practitioners expected to reflect upon their own work and given situations. This book introduces nurses to reflection in a clear and practical manner, explaining what reflection is, why it is so important to nursing practice and the different types of reflection that can be used to help make sense of practice.

When I started nursing I struggled with the concept of reflection, finding it a dry and time consuming process, often with little beneficial outcome. Before I came into nursing I was working in Engineering and had a mental image of “Models”. This image was certainly not what reflective models were about. Many years on I now have a greater understanding of reflection and of nursing models, but feel that this book while interesting and informative to me now, may still be somewhat dry to new practitioners starting out. In the 170 pages there are few actual visual representations of “models” and I fear that this might make the learning process more difficult for visual learners (the type of learner, along with the kinaesthetic learner who is likely to come into the profession). As I have progressed as a practitioner I have learned to appreciate such books but have also learned to present “Reflection” and “models” in a new and different way to students, engaging them in the professional reflective practice.

What were the highlights? 

This book is interesting in that it includes a new chapter on using digital media in reflection, new case studies from each field of practice and new activities.

Strengths & weaknesses:

Apart from being wordy, and limited on visual representations and tools, it is laid out in a logical and attractive manner that is easy to access. The index isconcise and allows practitioners with specific questions to access the appropriate text, quickly and easily.

Who should read it?

While it is imperative that student nurses are encouraged to reflect on their practice I feel that this book might not be right for all of them. It is however a useful tool for senior staff and mentors/teachers to deliver this process to junior staff.


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