Learning opportunities are all around you in health care. You’ll be working day in, day out with patients/clients and their carers and colleagues in the health care team, all of whom are sources of learning for you. You’ll have opportunities to take courses, have access to educational materials and have performance appraisals that allow you to focus on your development needs. And of course, your own personal life experience, through which you deal with lots of different people and a whole range of events and circumstances, contributes greatly to your overall knowledge and skills.
But to really make the best of all these opportunities, you have to have a ‘lifelong learning’ focus. This means that you see every aspect of your daily work throughout your career in health care as an opportunity to learn, develop and improve.
One of the best ways of developing and maintaining a lifelong learning focus is to learn and practice the skills of reflection.