Personal Development and Reflective Reasoning in Nursing Essay

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“Maybe reflective practices offer us a way of trying to make sense of the uncertainty in our workplaces and the courage to work competently and ethically at the edge of order and chaos…” (Ghaye, 2000, p.7)

In order to fully understand the personal development and reflective reasoning in relation to your development in the Nursing field, one will have to define these two terminologies. Personal development means to include activities that improve awareness, can develop potential that will ultimately enhance the quality of life. Medical colleges advocate personal development plans as a basis for continuing professional development. Whereas, reflective reasoning is where a nurse can apply learning and insights of others into their own
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“To be able to reflect one must step outside the experience in order to make the observance comprehendible” Gray (1998). To do this, one must have motivation. When speaking of motivation, task variety and participation allows each member of the team to use different skills as well as rotating the less desirable tasks giving a cohesive feeling to the team while motivating them. Bowen and Lawler (1992), argue practices that empower such as providing organizational information to employee, bureaucratic control reduction and increased self-power all helps to increase employee motivation. French and Raven (1959) add that motivation is a characteristic that makes one want to do or carryout a task willingly without being directed.

Leadership is an important role in life and an even more important role in the success of a nurse. To be a leader one must be creative. Creativity results from engaging in surroundings to seek new possibilities. For the best outcome of reflection, and the use of creativity, one should be as impulsive as possible in recording thoughts and feelings. Efficient clinical leaders are supposed to able to help others to see and understand situations from various outlooks and effective clinical nurse leaders must be willing to look for new ways of doing things. One theory that can be readily
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