Re-igniting true reflective practice
Reflecting on our practice as nurses and midwives is a very important part of our work. ‘Healthy’ reflective practice is about personal as well as professional development and can be the counterbalance to the critical culture and patterning that is prevalent in our workplaces.
Currently reflective practise is associated with examining our work to see how we can make improvements or how we could have done or approached something differently.
There is however more to it, given that on a daily basis we move through many different interactions with many people, we have frequent opportunities to observe, appreciate and learn throughout the day and this goes way beyond just our technical skills.
Allowing ourselves to observe, openly and without critique, what is offered by all the reflections around us every day, means we can respond to the learning and go deeper with our relationship with ourselves and others.
The way we reflect on our practice determines what we learn and what we come to understand and how we grow as nurses and midwives. It can support us to appreciate what we have done and how we have supported others, rather than only focusing on perceived shortcomings.
Working with students
A beautiful article about the joy and innocence of always being open to learning
A bird’s eye view of sympathy
A frank exposé of the illusion that sympathy is something to aspire to
Observation… the first vital sign
Appreciating our innate powers of observation
Is our brain the seat of our intelligence?
We currently espouse and marvel at the wonders of the human brain, but are we barking up the wrong tree?
What could be behind our poor communication in healthcare?
Looking at self-worth and the impact this has on our communication
Do we value ourselves as nurses and midwives?
An important question as the situation within health care intensifies…
Watching and waiting… working outside the stranglehold of time
Are we caught in an illusion of time that has us as hamsters in wheels? Is there another way to live and work? This midwife says yes…
Can men care?
Great questions raised about male nurses’ perception of the way that they care for others and themselves.
Florence Nightingale and the qualities of true nursing
Florence had it… have we lost it? Do we still value the warmth, love and care so natural to us that goes hand in hand with our technical skill?