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Reflective Practice

A BOLD statement throws down the gauntlet for this text: ‘Educators are agents of change.’ This book offers fresh thinking on strategies that can link education and practice, which I consider will ultimately benefit patients. In addition to exploring cornerstones of reflective practice: responsibility, accountability, self awareness and openness, it seeks to explore transformation.

The book provides educators and learners with a framework that offers the potential to transform nurse education and practice. It is the aspect of transformation and the role of nurse educators that are unique, and offer currency in the fast changing world of health. As part of this, it acknowledges nursing as a value-based profession, and when work is counter to values it can lead to nurses becoming disengaged with cynical attitudes. Suggestions are made for using reflective practice to guide nurses in making sense of their practice and building resilience.

The use of narrative, case studies and exercises breaks the text and makes it very readable. Providing a process for asking critical questions to identify where errors may occur as a result of gaps in systems could mean the book is also of use to nursing leaders.

My initial concern was that this book would have an American focus.

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The book provides educators and learners with a framework that offers the potential to transform nurse education and practice. It is the aspect of transformation and the role of nurse educators that are unique, and offer currency in the fast changing world of health. As part of this, it acknowledges nursing as a value-based profession, and when work is counter to values it can lead to nurses becoming disengaged with cynical attitudes. Suggestions are made for using reflective practice to guide nurses in making sense of their practice and building resilience.

The use of narrative, case studies and exercises breaks the text and makes it very readable. Providing a process for asking critical questions to identify where errors may occur as a result of gaps in systems could mean the book is also of use to nursing leaders.

My initial concern was that this book would have an American focus. However I have been proved wrong. People reading this thought-provoking text have the opportunity to use the ideas to prepare learners at all levels in a dynamic NHS where change has become the norm. I strongly recommend this text to nurse educators and any nurse who has education and mentorship, or leadership, as part of their role.

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