The Advantages and Disadvantages of Reflection in Nursing

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Reflective Practice3


Learning by mistakes through reflection3

Different approaches4

More confident5

Improving quality of care5

Clearer thinking6

Builds character6



Skills improved8

Beneficial to the next patient8


Lower self esteem9

Time consuming9

Over thinking10

Too self-critical10

Hinder the quality of care10




In this assignment the discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of using reflection in nursing practice is undertaken. Boyd and Fales, 1983 states reflection is "the process of internally examining and exploring an issue of concern, triggered by an experience, which creates and clarifies meaning in
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Street (1995) claims that one would be able recognise problems in practice and establish new approaches to practice through reflecting in journals.

Gibbs reflective cycle (1988) was meant for the nurse to be able to reflect on a procedure and through doing this would be able to come up with different approaches to future situations.

Before giving my first injection, the staff nurse took time to assess my knowledge on this procedure. Time was taken to create an awareness of using distracting tactics as part of the approach. He told me to ask the patient to cough or wiggle their toes as I gave the injection. I carried out the procedure as the nurse had advised me and found the patient didn't feel the injection. On reflection on what made the difference for the patient on receiving an intramuscular injection and experiencing minimal pain, was the distracting tactics. This facilitated the hypodermic needle entering a relaxed muscle and hence no resistance to the injecting procedure. I was satisfied that I had carried out my first injection extremely well. This was a positive experience and gave me confidence in carrying out injections.

More Confident

Reflective practice gives nurses more confidence in what they do and why they do it.

A nurse can learn and become confident through reflecting on an incident. When a procedure has not gone to plan, they can reassess and improve on their skills the next time they carry out a procedure. The nurse can also reflect on
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