Reflection Conference

Updated: May 7, 2019

As part of revalidation for the NMC, as a nurse you must write five reflective pieces over a three-year period. It must also be:

an instance of your CPD, and/ora piece of practice-related feedback you have received, and/oran event or experience in your own professional practice

(NMC 2018)

It is really good to get into the habit as a student nurse to prepare you for this. However, it is not only nurses who have to reflect upon practice, many healthcare professionals do too. Today we had a couple of speech and language therapist students talking about how they have to reflect in their practice. This was fabulous to see and hear because I personally think it helps all healthcare professionals, not just nurses.

In fact, what I really  think is, if everyone in this world reflected successfully, the world just might be a better place.

Nicola Clarke – senior lecturer and author of The Student Nurse’s Guide to Successful Reflection  is fantastic at teaching students and staff about how to successfully reflect. I have a copy of her book which is just amazing (and no, she has not paid me to say this!) I wish I had read this in my first year of nursing; it would have completely changed the way I had written my reflective assignment. It has so many wonderful quotes and not only does it have activities for you to complete as you go through it, it is simple and easy to follow. Within the book, Nicola states that we use reflection “to become our own person-centred therapist” (Clarke 2017). I fell in love with this quote as soon as I saw it, it really defines reflection well I think. She also gives a wonderful example using a Winnie the Pooh quote which is another of my favourites from the book:

“Here is Edward bear coming down the stairs, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming down the stairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it” (Winnie the Pooh 1973 cited in Clarke 2017).

What a fantastic quote to start the book with. We have all been a little bit of Pooh bear at times; wondering if there is another way to do something better. Reflection is the key to unlocking those thoughts and becoming your best self.

The reflection conference took place today in our wonderful City South Campus. Furthermore, this was organised and run by the marvellous Nicola Clarke (senior lecturer) and Gillian Rudd (Speech and language therapist).

We started the morning with a mixture of talks from both the organisers and students, including myself. It was fantastic to hear other people’s experiences of reflection and how they implement it into practice.

We then took a short break and headed up to another room where we were presented with uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. We found a small note telling us we had to build the tallest tower possible with what we have, and which still stands when the time is up. How exciting! I have not had a team building exercise in a long time!

As a team, we all got stuck in, marshmallow everywhere and our tower became the leaning tower of Pisa, kind of… haha! When the time was up, our tower stood a lovely 90cm tall! Sadly, we did not win this one but we did come third.

We then proceeded to have a fantastic lunch provided by the organisers, everyone knows I love a free lunch! This was a fantastic spread and I even had the chance to take some home with me, shhh do not tell anyone…

Overall, this conference was wonderful. Very informative and great for interaction and making you think more about how to reflect. Not only this, but how the university lecturers can help us, a s students to reflect. Not one to be missed if this is put on again!

Thank you to Nicola for making us part of your team today.

Leaning Tower of Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa

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