Reflective practice

Take a good look at yourself

Reflective practice is worth finding the time for, even in a nursing student’s hectic timetable, says Lynn Brown.


One aspect of student life you will undoubtedly hear a lot about on your undergraduate nursing course is the importance of reflection.

Reflective practice is an essential cog in the wheel of any nursing student’s learning armoury. It helps students to look objectively at their practice, recognise areas that can be improved, and initiate and execute action plans to redress any deficits.

Different models and frameworks of reflection will be discussed at university to help make the process easier to understand. You will be asked to provide evidence for learning and development by completing a piece of reflective writing for an assignment. This will contribute to your nursing degree and permit entry to the register.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 5