Sample Essay Reflective Practice

Below we offer two examples of thoughtful reflective essays that effectively and substantively capture the author's growth over time at California State University Channel Islands (CI). We suggest that you write your own essay before reading either of these models-then, having completed your first draft, read these over to consider areas in your own background that you have not yet addressed and which may be relevant to your growth as a reader, writer, or thinker.

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Reflective Practice Essay examples

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Reflective practice in nursing is considered an important aspect to nursing. Durgahee ( 1997) defines reflective practice as a process of learning and teaching professional maturity through the critical analysis of experience, whilst John ( 2009) up to date explanation of reflection is learning through our everyday experience towards realising one vision of desirable practice as a lived reality.

Portfolio entry one
Practice placement reflection

Whilst there are many notion for reflection the main goal is for health professionals to learn, grow and develop through practice. There are a number of models of reflection to help engage in the process of reflection. In this entry I would be using the Driscoll framework of reflection…show more content…

Having sympathy for the patient can interfere with the care givers ability to accurately perceive the patients experience or offer assistance (Forsyth 1980). In reflection on this experience me becoming involved with the patient did interfere with my ability to offer assistance to the patient and work as a team member. I realised that support can be given to patients without me becoming involved and not feeling negative about my team members that I am working with. Morse et al (1991) states that the process of detachment may be a crucial process that allows nurses to overcome the stress caused by a patients suffering.
My feelings of these events are completely different at this moment in time. I have visited more patients and have experienced the different approaches that CPNs use with patients I have insight on how not to get involved with a particular patient as it can hinder recovery by not allowing them to have some insight into their mental illness and it can cloud my judgment. However now that my feelings have changed I do think if what the CPNs have said to me about the patients have influenced the way I feel as well as having more experience with different patients. I have noticed that I am not to quick to be critical about my colleagues behaviour, especially if I have not read the notes about a patient before I visit them. The CPN I attended the patients house with felt that I was polite but with more experience I would learn how

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