Learning from practice--reflections on a critical incident.

Centre for Nurse Education, Mater Misercordiae University Hospital, Nelson Street, Dublin 7, Ireland.
Accident and Emergency Nursing 08/2007; 15(3):128-33. DOI: 10.1016/j.aaen.2007.03.004
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ABSTRACT Reflective practice is considered not only as a valuable tool for providing appropriate levels of care but also as an important prerequisite for the provision of professional nursing. Indeed, there appears to be consensus in the literature that reflections have the potential to assist practitioners to tap into knowledge gained from experience and connect theory to practice. However, evidence suggests that nurses, including emergency nurses, neglect reflective techniques. This paper outlines how the processes of reflection led to one emergency nurse developing new insights and understandings on nursing practice.

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