Reflective Practice as a Tool for Growth

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Reflective practice done well is an easy and effective way to keep up to date with new developments in nursing and midwifery. In its simplest form, reflective practice is the ability to reflect on your actions and engage in a process of continuous learning.

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Nursing and Midwifery are changing at an ever-faster pace. Both learners and practitioners alike need to make an effort to keep up to date with new developments. Reflective practice done well is an easy and effective way to do this. It’s a concept that, as Jootun and Mcgarry (2014) note, has been well documented as a strategy for personal and professional growth since the 1980s, and it’s here to stay. In its simplest form, reflective practise is the ability to reflect on your actions and engage in a process of continuous learning. For nurses and midwives, it’s also a necessary activity to fulfil the requirements of periodic re-validation.


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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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Lucinda Giles
26 Sep 2020
Great article - provides a practical method of reflection
Kobie ROSS
11 Jan 2022
good info
Samandeep Ahluwalia
27 Apr 2020
Merja Debsia
04 Feb 2021
Easy to read article. I would be delighted to hear / learn more from this author, as she has such a broad and varied career. I'd like to know how has reflective practice influenced her career choices.
emily mabaya
11 Sep 2023
Student Nurse or Midwife
If your a nursing student reflection is important.
18 Jun 2020
Very informative
Ze Liu
14 Nov 2023
Registered Nurse
good resource
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Melanie Andrews
16 May 2020
wonderfully supportive and informative
Brianna Meredith
21 Sep 2023
Student Nurse or Midwife
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Sarah Guerrera
05 Jun 2021
Reflection makes you feel more empowered and is an integral part of my practice. The pneumonic REFLECT recall, examine, acknowledge, learn, explore, create, set time scale is one I learned years ago and is an excellent model that I use as a Senior Clinical Nurse Consultant. We are always evaluating, analysing, and updating our policies and procedures to improve our standards of care within my practice.
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