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Requirements for reflection in the critical care environment

Celia J. Filmalter, Tanya Heyns
Curationis | Vol 38, No 1 | a1202 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v38i1.1202 | © 2015 Celia J. Filmalter, Tanya Heyns | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 July 2013 | Published: 09 March 2015

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Celia J. Filmalter, Department of Nursing Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Tanya Heyns, Department of Nursing Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: Reflection is recognised as an important method for practice development. The importance of reflection is well documented in the literature, but the requirements for reflection remain unclear.

Objectives: To explore and describe the requirements for reflection in the critical care environment as viewed by educators of qualified critical care nurses.

Method: A focus group interview was conducted to explore and describe the views of educators of qualified critical care nurses regarding requirements for reflection in the critical care environment.

Results: The themes that emerged from the focus group were buy-in from stakeholders –management, facilitators and critical care nurses, and the need to create an environment where reflection can occur.

Conclusion: Critical care nurses should be allowed time to reflect on their practice and be supported by peers as well as a facilitator in a non-intimidating way to promote emancipatorypractice development.


Keywords

Development; Critical care; Nurse; Reflection

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