Book Review: Becoming a Reflective Practitioner (Fifth edition)

★ ★ ★ ★

Reflection is now high on the agenda of every practising nurse and midwife, as it is a key aspect of the current Nursing and Midwifery Council revalidation process.

The book guides the reader on what reflection is and why the reflection process is important to them and their patients. It shows them how reflection has an important part to play in the clinical practice arena, enabling them to become an improved reflective practitioner.

This book can be used as a resource by moving from chapter to chapter but it can also be dipped into for specific points and enable the reader to reflect on their own individual clinical practice. It also includes examples of reflection in practice, which allows the reader to see how the reflective process works.

Although it may be yet another book in the expanding area of nursing reflection, this book differs from many others as it links to clinical practice and the real world of care in order to strive for even better care and management of clients.

A very useful book for healthcare practitioners, both nurses and midwives in whatever clinical setting they are based.

Christopher Johns | Wiley-Blackwell | 376pp | £34.99 | ISBN: 9781119193920

Reviewed by Keith Booles, senior nurse lecturer (newly retired), School of Health and Social Care, Staffordshire University          

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