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The Reflective Practice Guide: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Critical Reflection

The aim of this book is to support professional practitioners for whom reflection is integral to practice. This aspect of the publication makes it unique among books on reflective practice, which usually cover only one discipline

The aim of this book is to support professional practitioners for whom reflection is integral to practice. This aspect of the publication makes it unique among books on reflective practice, which usually cover only one discipline.

The chapters are easy to dip into and read consecutively, and the addition of case studies brings the points to life. The presentation of case studies concerning occupational therapy, social work and all fields of nursing illustrates that reflection can be a useful part of practice in many different professions.

A chapter on the theory of reflection uses comprehensible language and the familiar analogy of the mirror. It also includes a number of theories about learning styles and drivers, which individuals can apply to themselves.

Writing reflectively is often assumed to come easily to nurses, but this is not always the case. It can be therapeutic and aid understanding of situations, and the book makes a number of points to encourage novices to write reflectively.

Revalidation requires nurses to prepare five written reflective accounts. This will raise the profile of reflection for all nurses, including those who are unsure about what is involved and how to approach it.

This book contains many points of interest for practitioners, but would also be useful to clinical supervisors and mentors. It would be a worthwhile purchase for many practitioners in a variety of careers and a useful addition to any healthcare library.

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