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Engaging in reflective practice

Engaging in reflective activity is a complex process and the level of self-awareness that is required often means that the process can be uncomfortable at times.  Not avoiding it and ensuring you ring-fence enough time to reflect in a meaningful way and not just in your head will enhance your practice.

Opportunities to reflect with others

Driscoll & Teh (2001: 102) offer the following list of informal and formal opportunities where reflective practice can take place. Hand-over times / team meetings

  • Teaching sessions
  • Reading a journal or article or attending a journal club
  • Networking meetings or conferences
  • Case conferences
  • Mentoring and Preceptorship discussions
  • Working with more experienced staff
  • Maintaining a professional portfolio
  • Clinical risk assessments
  • Clinical audits
  • Ward meetings

Read these and reflect upon which opportunities you personally will resolve to engage in and those which you can encourage your mentor and other colleagues to engage in. Write this up in your portfolio and review your progress at regular intervals.