The article “Professional Nursing Practice: A Framework for Reflective Practice” discusses the importance of reflective practice in nursing and outlines key components of a successful program. The author explains that reflective practice involves taking the time to reflect on one’s actions and consider their impact on patient care as well as professional development. This can include gathering feedback from colleagues and mentors, critically analyzing decisions made during interactions with patients, and evaluating how these experiences have changed or shaped one’s practice.
This article connects professional nursing to Standard 5 of the Code of Ethics for Nurses which states “the nurse must strive to continually improve his/her knowledge, skills and abilities to provide quality care” by emphasizing the need for critical self-reflection in order to reach this goal. It is not possible to improve our practices or identify strategies to be used more effectively without actively reflecting on them. This is crucial if we want to succeed in our roles as nurses.