Reflection is widely recognised as an invaluable tool in health care, providing fresh insights which enable practitioners to develop their own practice and improve the quality of their care. This book introduces the practitioner to the concept of ′Guided reflection′, an innovative research process in which the practitioner is assisted by a mentor (or ′guide′) in a process of self–enquiry, development, and learning through reflection, in order to become fully effective.
Guided reflection is grounded in individual practice, and can provide deeply meaningful insights into self–development and professional care. The process results in a relexive narrative, which highlights key issues for enhancing health care practice and professional care. This book uses a collection of such narratives from everyday clinical practice in nursing, health visiting and midwifery to demonstrate the theory and practicalities of guided reflection and narrative construction. These narratives portray the values inherent in caring, highlight key issues in clinical practice, reveal the factors that constrain the quest to realise practice, and examine the ways practitioners work towards overcoming these constraints.