Learning by mistakes through reflection3
Improving quality of care5
Beneficial to the next patient8
Lower self esteem9
Hinder the quality of care10
In this assignment the discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of using reflection in nursing practice is undertaken. Boyd and Fales, 1983 states reflection is "the process of internally examining and exploring an issue of concern, triggered by an experience, which creates and clarifies meaning in terms of self, and which results in a changed perspective"(p 3). Reflection entails identifying a predicament, asking questions, analysing evidence, examining suppositions and prejudices tackling emotional unease, taking into account other explanations and putting up with uncertainty (Boyd and fales'83). Reflection gives nurses a legitimate opportunity to regularly stop and think, in the midst of practice, with the intention of enhancing what already goes on in clinical practice.
In this assignment the author will use evidence from literature and a few examples from practice to support the advantages and disadvantages of reflection. The author will discuss these points under many different headings, which will be noted as the essay proceeds.
Bulman (2000) suggests that reflection coerces nurses to confront incongruity and uncomfortable facts about their nursing practice, the organizations they work in and themselves. Reflective practice is an intentional event and takes both time and commitment. It permits the nurse to contemplate their experiences through the combination of theory with practice (Atkins and Murphy 1993, Rich and Parker 1995). The purpose of reflective practice is to take learning from either a positive or negative incident so as to prevent or promote the likelihood of similar situations happening again and to see how such...