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Understanding reflective practice

Nicol, Jacqueline Sian; Dosser, Isabel


Jacqueline Sian Nicol

Isabel Dosser


The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requires that nurses and midwives use feedback as an opportunity for reflection and learning, to improve practice. The NMC revalidation process stipulates that practitioners provide examples of how they have achieved this. To reflect in a meaningful way, it is important to understand what is meant by reflection, the skills required, and how reflection can be undertaken successfully. Traditionally, reflection occurs after an event encountered in practice. The authors challenge this perception, suggesting that reflection should be undertaken before, during and after an event. This article provides practical guidance to help practitioners use reflective models to write reflective accounts. It also outlines how the reflective process can be used as a valuable learning tool in preparation for revalidation.


Nicol, J. S., & Dosser, I. (2016). Understanding reflective practice. Nursing Standard, 30(36), 34-42.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 9, 2016
Publication Date May 4, 2016
Deposit Date Nov 1, 2016
Journal Nursing Standard
Print ISSN 0029-6570
Electronic ISSN 2047-9018
Publisher RCN Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 36
Pages 34-42
Keywords critical thinking, portfolio, professional development, reflection, reflection models, reflective account, reflective practice, revalidation, self-awareness
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