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Logbooks: A strategy for reflective practice in nursing

Carol Piercey
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University of Technology
The concept of reflection is not new. Much has been written and researched regarding reflection and the teaching and learning process. Recently the School of Nursing and Midwifery has undergone a major revision of the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. The curriculum was restructured to encompass the 'clinical learning spiral' (Stockhausen, 1994). This spiral was developed to enable nursing students to develop the competency of reflective practice. The philosophy underpinning this competency was that reflection leads to change and positive outcomes for clients in terms of nursing care. This paper will discuss briefly reflective practice as endorsed by the Australian Nursing Council. It will also explain the implementation of a learning log as a strategy to assist nursing students to reflect on learning in the first year of their nursing program. Scenarios from students logbooks will be presented.
Please cite as: Piercey, C. (2003). Logbooks: A strategy for reflective practice in nursing. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/piercey-abs.html

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