9780335206896

Reflective Practice : A Guide for Nurses and Midwives

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    9780335206896

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    0335206891

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-05-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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"...a practical and insightful guide, richly illuminated with stories from everyday practice, to enable the practitioner to become an effective reflective practitioner. The power of Beverley Taylor's approach is to view reflection as a way of life, and not just as a technique". - Christopher Jones, Reader in Advanced Nursing Practice, University of Luton"Bev Taylor's latest work weaves a tapestry for a reflective frame as foundational to our humanity, restoring and integrating the personal with our professional life, work and experiences. This book elevates the gift of self to the level of an informed guide whereby practitioners can more clearly offer self as a hopeful healing presence to those being served. It is a hopeful framework and a healing gift to all practising nurses and midwives." - Jean Watson, Distinguished Professor of Nursing, University of Colorado, USAReflection is widely taught as a means for nurses and midwives to understand the impact of their actions and how to improve their professional practice. This practical guide shows nurses and midwives how to develop their reflective skills and how to sustain reflective practice throughout their professional lives. Taylor introduces three main types of reflection: technical, practical and emancipatory, showing readers how they can be used in different aspects of clinical work. Her work on technical reflection is original, and she explains how it can become part of evidence-based practice. She acknowledges the issues faced by practitioners in bureaucratic work settings with time constraints and regulated routines, and shows how reflection can help professionals deal with the complexity of their working lives. Readers are given a 'kitbag' of strategies they can use to get started. With great warmth Taylor describes how developing a reflective practice is part of learning how to value yourself as a nurse or midwife, and as a person. Throughout the book she provides real examples of reflective writing from nurses and midwives, and shows how these professionals have been able to improve their skills as a result of being alert to their practice. Reflective Practice is suitable for use as an undergraduate teaching text for nurses and midwives and also as a professional reference.

Author Biography

Beverley J. Taylor is Professor of Nursing at Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia. Author of the successful Being Human: Ordinariness in nursing (Churchill Livingstone, 1994), she is well-known for her work on reflective practice.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
The nature of reflection
1(21)
Introduction
1(2)
Defining reflection
3(1)
Sources of reflection
4(6)
The value of reflection
10(1)
Critical thinking and reflection
11(9)
Summary
20(2)
The nature of nursing and midwifery
22(32)
Carol
23(1)
Esther
23(1)
Michael
24(1)
Nursing and midwifery
24(6)
Organisations as work settings
30(2)
The nature of work constraints
32(1)
Issues nurses and midwives often face
33(8)
Some stories exemplifying issues
41(12)
Summary
53(1)
Getting ready to reflect
54(24)
Knowledge of reflective practice
54(3)
A kitbag of strategies
57(9)
A reflective task
66(2)
Structures for reflecting
68(3)
Determination, courage, a sense of humour and other qualities
71(3)
The role of a critical friend
74(3)
Summary
77(1)
Practitioners' reflections on their personal histories
78(28)
Esther's reflections
78(6)
Michael's reflections
84(6)
Carol's reflections
90(14)
Please note
104(1)
Summary
105(1)
The value of reflection
106(24)
Reflection is valuable for all practitioners
106(5)
Reflection is valuable for nurses and midwives
111(5)
Learning to value yourself
116(3)
Excuses and remedies
119(3)
How to enhance your ability, energy, interest, time and courage
122(6)
Summary
128(2)
Types of reflection
130(21)
Caution about categories
130(3)
Knowledge in nursing and midwifery
133(8)
Knowledge and human interests
141(4)
Three types of reflection
145(4)
Choosing a type of reflection
149(1)
Summary
150(1)
Technical reflection
151(23)
Review of previous ideas
152(3)
Creating the process
155(3)
The process of technical reflection
158(4)
An example of technical reflection
162(2)
Applying a technical reflection process
164(8)
Summary
172(2)
Practical reflection
174(20)
Review of previous ideas
175(2)
Adapting the process
177(2)
The process of practical reflection
179(4)
An example of practical reflection
183(3)
Applying a practical reflection process
186(3)
Some discussion about practical reflection
189(4)
Summary
193(1)
Emancipatory reflection
194(24)
Review of previous ideas
195(2)
Applying the process
197(2)
The process of emancipatory reflection
199(4)
An example of emancipatory reflection
203(4)
Applying an emancipatory reflection process
207(7)
Discussion about emancipatory reflection
214(3)
Summary
217(1)
Experiences and reflections
218(20)
Sharing stories
218(19)
Summary
237(1)
Maintaining reflective practice
238(9)
Affirming yourself as a reflective practitioner
238(3)
Finding support systems
241(1)
Sharing reflection
242(3)
Embodying reflective practice
245(1)
Summary
246(1)
References 247(8)
Index 255

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