Reflective practice is a key skill for nurses to examine their practice and engage in the process of continual learning.

Reflective practice places an emphasis on learning and making appropriate changes to practice.

This skill is relevant to all levels of nursing and has a great number of benefits in helping nurses to develop personally and professionally.

For you as a nursing student, the importance of reflective practice cannot be understated, as it allows you to learn from your clinical experiences.

This module consists of a number of resources that guide the process of reflective practice.

Reflective practice

Reflective Practice as a Tool for Growth
Reflective practice is the ability to reflect on your actions and engage in a process of continuous learning.

A Nurse’s Reflection on Her Nursing Clinical Experience
Clinical rotations are a critical component of your nursing education. Your nursing clinical experience presents the opportunity to work with real patients, experience work environments you may want to pursue once you have earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and learn how you will work with fellow nurses, physicians, and other members of the health care team.

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Hunter, D., McCallum, J., & Howes, D. (2018). Compassion in Emergency Departments. part 1: Nursing students’ perspectives. Emergency Nurse, 26(2), 25-30. doi:10.7748/en.2018.e1774