How to undertake structured clinical reflection

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While clinical reflection has been an essential aspect of nursing practice for many years, some nurses may still find it challenging to constructively engage with this process and may not recognise the benefits and learning that can result from it. This article provides practical guidance for nurses on how to undertake reflection, to support them to reflect regularly as part of their practice. • Reflection is a process of engaging with and learning from one's thoughts, emotions and actions in a supportive and critical manner.• Reflection can assist nurses to learn from practice, support team working and promote self-care.• Nurses can reflect alone or with others, and there are various structured models of reflection that they can use to support them. REFLECTIVE ACTIVITY: 'How to' articles can help update your practice and ensure it remains evidence based. Apply this article to your practice. Reflect on and write a short account of: • How you think you could use this article to improve your practice in undertaking structured clinical reflection.• How you could use this resource to educate your colleagues about the process of reflection.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNursing Management
Issue number1
Early online date10 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - 02 Feb 2023


  • professional issues
  • personal development
  • education
  • continuing professional development
  • professional
  • reflection
  • practice learning


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