What can you apply to this situation from your previous knowledge, studies or research? What recent evidence is in the literature surrounding this situation, if any? What broader issues arise from this event?
What is reflective practice?
It is a focusing closer and closer. Paramedic associations and regulatory bodies worldwide suggest that all paramedics maintain a personal CPC portfolio, and a reflective journal or diary is an essential part of this portfolio. Reflective practice is an important tool in practice-based professional learning settings where individuals learning from their own professional experiences, rather than from formal teaching or knowledge transfer.
It is an important process in continuous professional competency and development. Reflection is nothing to be scared of — we all reflect every day in different forms and about different things. Learning to be a reflective practitioner includes not only acquiring knowledge and skills, but also the ability to establish a link between theory and practice, providing a rationale for actions.
Reflective practice is the link between theory and practice and a powerful means of using theory to inform practice thus promoting evidence based practice Tsingos et al. As we thought — so reflection on practice is not a new concept to Paramedics, but the formal application of it as part of professional development may be.
Putting these reflections down on paper and in a logical, structured manner is what proves difficult to many practitioners. The Gibbs Reflective Cycle is commonly used in nursing, and we also recommend this as an introductory process to paramedics and prehospital care providers, as it allows for a logical pathway for constructing reflective diary entries.
Once you are comfortable with the reflective process, you may decide to use another reflective cycle such as those by Kolbs, Johns, Brookfield, Rolfe or Ganshirt. Remember, reflection is a personal activity, and one model will not fill all — feel free to adapt cycles or processes to suit your individual needs.
Sometimes, writing down the reflection is helpful in giving structure to your thoughts Price, Once you are comfortable with reflective practice, you will begin to focus on the evaluation, analysis and planning phases in more detail.
Your reflections will become more insightful, probing and detailed as opposed to a generalised narrative description commonly seen when beginning reflective diaries. Some authors refer to achievement of this level as critical reflection.
Gibbs Description A description of the call or incident, with relevant details. Remember to maintain patient confidentiality.
It might be useful to ask yourself the following questions What happened?The concept of reflective practice within healthcare is not new. Reflection is a process which enhances learning and knowledge acquisition and is popular among health professionals.
It appears. Developing clinical insight using reflective models is a key aspect in the training of the modern paramedic, and a necessary duty for qualified staff to undertake in order to ensure that their practice remains current.
The concept of reflective practice within healthcare is not new. Reflection is a process which enhances learning and knowledge acquisition and is popular among health professionals. It appears.
Developing clinical insight using reflective models is a key aspect in the training of the modern paramedic, and a necessary duty for qualified staff to undertake in order to ensure that their practice remains current. Hannah Turner Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 7, Iss.
3, 06 Mar , pp - Reflecting upon practice is an essential process by which we can question, make sense of, clarify, and develop our knowledge and performance as clinicians.
Reflective practice remains a relatively unknown concept in paramedic practice compared to other healthcare professions such as nursing, where it has been embraced as an essential foundation of professional practice and continuous development.