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The concept of reflection in nursing: qualitative findings on student and teacher perspectives

The concept of reflection in nursing: qualitative findings on student and teacher perspectives
The concept of reflection in nursing: qualitative findings on student and teacher perspectives
BACKGROUND AND AIM: This study sought to increase the understanding of the concept of reflection within nursing. The research focused on the social construction of reflection through a post-registration, palliative care programme in the United Kingdom (UK).

DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: An interpretive ethnographic approach was used to study reflection from the perspective of students and teachers, whilst paying attention to local organisational, contextual and cultural issues.

METHODS: Data collection included: observations of teaching and learning interactions, interviews, extracts from programme documentation and student reflective learning contracts (RLCs).

FINDINGS: Findings identified a learning culture committed to reflection as a valuable way of helping nurses make sense of their practice. Similar to Barnett's (1997) concept of 'critical being', students and teachers described reflection as a way of 'being' rather than simply 'thinking' or 'doing', since reflection intertwined propositional, affective and active elements. This process of reflective 'being' was connected with a humanistic approach to nursing, which emphasises the importance of actively using and expressing oneself in order to care for people.

CONCLUSION: This paper contributes empirical knowledge on the meaning of reflection in nursing regarding: teachers' and students' perspectives, reflection as a way to make sense of practice, and reflection as a way of 'being' and its association with humanistic nursing
0260-6917
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Bulman, Christine Anne
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Lathlean, Judith
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Gobbi, Mary
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Bulman, Christine Anne
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Lathlean, Judith
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Gobbi, Mary
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Bulman, Christine Anne, Lathlean, Judith and Gobbi, Mary (2012) The concept of reflection in nursing: qualitative findings on student and teacher perspectives. Nurse Education Today, 32 (5), e8-e13. (doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2011.10.007).

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BACKGROUND AND AIM: This study sought to increase the understanding of the concept of reflection within nursing. The research focused on the social construction of reflection through a post-registration, palliative care programme in the United Kingdom (UK).

DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: An interpretive ethnographic approach was used to study reflection from the perspective of students and teachers, whilst paying attention to local organisational, contextual and cultural issues.

METHODS: Data collection included: observations of teaching and learning interactions, interviews, extracts from programme documentation and student reflective learning contracts (RLCs).

FINDINGS: Findings identified a learning culture committed to reflection as a valuable way of helping nurses make sense of their practice. Similar to Barnett's (1997) concept of 'critical being', students and teachers described reflection as a way of 'being' rather than simply 'thinking' or 'doing', since reflection intertwined propositional, affective and active elements. This process of reflective 'being' was connected with a humanistic approach to nursing, which emphasises the importance of actively using and expressing oneself in order to care for people.

CONCLUSION: This paper contributes empirical knowledge on the meaning of reflection in nursing regarding: teachers' and students' perspectives, reflection as a way to make sense of practice, and reflection as a way of 'being' and its association with humanistic nursing

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Published date: July 2012
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 342493
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/342493
ISSN: 0260-6917
PURE UUID: 6d7358d8-637d-43fe-9dc0-0cbec2219061

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Date deposited: 04 Sep 2012 14:29
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:28

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