Benefits Of Reflection On Healthcare

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2.4 Benefits of Reflection in Healthcare
For the practitioner, the benefits of reflection includes the identification of learning needs, continual development in practice, the ability to provide evidence-based care and the elimination of routine practice (Jasper et al. 2011 and Bulman 2013). Furthermore, as part of the NMC (2015) code of professional standard and a significant component of the revalidation process, reflective nurses do not only fulfil the regulatory requirements, but to some extent, safeguard the success of their revalidation process.
As a result of the practitioner’s development and use of reflection, patients benefit by receiving better quality of individualised care, evidence-based practice from their specific needs and better standards of patient safety including a reduction in the number of adverse incidents (Jasper et al. 2011). This essentially represents the use and respect of the Code in practice (NMC 2015).
Also, the affirmation of best practice, considered by Driscoll (2007) to be one of the benefits of reflection, results in a higher standard in quality of care and a good reputation for professional practice (Jasper et al. 2011). This brings significant benefits to both the NHS as an employer and the nursing profession.
2.5 Limitations to Reflection
Irrespective of the importance and benefits of reflection, Johns (2013), (inspired by Fay’s (1987) identification of commitment as a prerequisite to reflection), used commitment to lay limitations
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