Reflection isa very important tool to help achieve continuous lifelong learning in both thenursing profession and when becoming a successful nurse. It gives the nurse anexternal view of the events that occurred throughout the day and allows thenurse to sit and evaluate on areas that could be improved or done differentlyboth good and bad in the future. “It’s a professional motivator to “move on anddo better within practice” with the goal of learning from experiences andexamining oneself” (Bulman, Lathlean, & Gobbi, 2011). Nursingstudents took part in a recent study of reflection, this study showed thatstudents became “more self-aware and confident with the process” it alsoallowed the students to realise the benefits of reflecting on “achievements andgood practice” (Smith, 2005, p35). Therefore if students are thought how toreflect at an early stage in their career it will continue on in their careerthus helping nurses to continue learning and developing new skills. “Reflection,as a process of critical self-evaluation, continues to grow and be recognisedas a successful, approach to improving, changing and managing healthcare practice”(B.Taylor, Text 3rd edition).
B. Taylor again shows that reflectionis another form of education and learning in that allows nurses to furtherunderstand areas in the nursing practice.At thebeginning of the module I thought that quality nursing care stood for thequality of care you were giving to patients. I imagined it to be about thequality of the tasks that I was undergoing for example applying dressings on woundsor how good or bad of an attitude I had towards certain tasks and patients. I assumedit was more of a point system where you were marked on the quality of the workyou had performed rather than all the underlining aspects.
I assumed it wasmore about the practical side of nursing instead of the theory.I worked in anursing home prior to undergoing this course and I didn’t realise the differentways to communicate efficiently with people until I started studying thismodule. From working in the nursing home I believed I had a lot of experienceto offer and that would help me throughout the course. I believed that myexperience would help me because I have completed a number of courses whileworking in the nursing home which was a clinical environment therefore I had toundergo courses such as manual handling, care of the elderly etc.
I had thenhoped that these courses would benefit me when entering this course.