Title : "Why is reflection essential to nursing practice"
Reflecting on practice is not new. It has been defined, discussed, researched, and is considered best practice in the workplace. Its definition and scope is clear and straightforward. It is one’s ability to reflect on actions needed to engage in a process of continuous learning. More simply, and at its core, it is way to be continuously curious about one’s practice; willing to learn from it; and then use insights gained to re-awaken, renew, develop, transform, and build vitality into practice. It is also essential to better ensure practice quality and positive health outcomes for patients/clients.
Participants will examine the “why”, “what is”, and “how to” become a reflective practitioner and why it is essential. Time spent will include a brief review of theory, current models, related concepts, and supporting evidence that reflection can truly impact practice and care. Focus is on “reflection-in-action” - to reflect on behavior as it happens and “reflection-on-action” - to reflect after the event, to review, analyze, and evaluate the situation (Schon, 1991). Edwards (2017) advanced Schon’s work with two additional dimensions: reflection-before-action and reflection-beyond-action. Gibb's Six Stage Reflective Cycle (1988) will also be reviewed which outlines the experience being reflected on, describes feelings about the experience, evaluates the experience - what was good or bad about it, analyzes details, determines actions, and builds an action plan.
Challenges and barriers will also be explored and practical strategies are shared to set realistic intentions to incorporate into and to sustain a reflective practice.
Audience Take Away Notes:
1. Explore the roots of reflective practice and its importance
2. Review supporting evidence on how reflective practice can improve care and lead to positive health outcomes
3. Identify the ROI (return on investment) of reflective practice
4. Establish “how to” effectively incorporate reflection into practice
5. Determine ways to sustain an effective reflective practice