Vital Notes for Nurses: Professional Development, Reflection and Decision-making

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John Wiley & Sons, 2006 - Medical - 254 pages
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Vital Notes for Nurses: Professional Development, Reflection and Decision-making provides a concise, accessible introduction to professional development, reflective practice and clinical decision-making.

Vital Notes for Nurses: Professional Development, Reflection and Decision-making explores the core strategies of reflective practice and decision-making underlying professional nursing development. Separate chapters on reflective writing, evidence-based practice, clinical supervision and portfolios demonstrate the inter-relationship between professional development and professional practice. It is aimed at both student and qualified nurses, recognising that professional development is a life-long commitment. It provides clear guidance to help practitioners think critically about their actions, work within professional boundaries, be accountable for their actions and plan for their future.

* Provides a concise introduction to professional development, reflective practice, and clinical decision-making
* Written in a clear accessible style which assumes no prior knowledge
* Enables students to consider and develop their practice in order to become competent practitioners
* Each chapter includes learning objectives, scenarios and case studies
* In the Vital Notes for Nurses series

 

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Contents

Chapter summary
37
Reflective writing for professional development
81
Structuring reflective writing
87
Experienced nurses use of reflective writing in professional
98
Chapter summary
106
Evidencebased practice
135
Hierarchies of evidence
143
Using evidence to support decisions in practice
149
Practising as a professional
216
Guidance for students
248
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About the author (2006)

Melanie Jasper is Professor, Head of Health and Social Welfare Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University College and Editor of the Journal of Nursing Management.

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