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Reflective practice: your questions answered

Practical advice to help you improve your practice and complete revalidation 
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Practical advice to help you improve your practice and complete revalidation

What is reflective practice?

The RCN defines it as: ‘A conscious effort to think about an activity or incident that allows us to consider what was positive or challenging, and if appropriate, plan how it might be enhanced, improved or done differently in the future.’

‘Essentially, it’s practice that’s informed by learning generated from our experiences,’ says Alison Finch, assistant chief nurse at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust. ‘It informs our thoughts, attitudes and potentially our values. In the context of nursing, it allows us to apply that learning to new situations. So, we’re developing insight, a new understanding of ourselves and our impact on others.’

Why is it so important?

‘It’s about constantly improving care and valuing what you do as

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