Reflective practice: Reviewing the issues and refocusing the debate

Brenda Clarke, Chris James, Jan Kelly

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Reflective practice has emerged in the U.K. and beyond as an important issue not just in nursing but in many other professions. However, it remains problematic; it is difficult to conceptualize and many aspects of it are open to debate. Reflective practice is also contentious because, at a fundamental level, it raises a number of important issues for professional practitioners and the way they view their practice. The intention of this paper is to: • explore some of the issues that have emerged as the profession of nursing and other professions have gained a better understanding of reflective practice; • broaden the scope of the debate and refocus it; • raise issues which are in need of further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-180
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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