Nurse Practitioner Reflective Essay Prompts

  • Virginia Kearney 3 months agofrom United States

    Hi Jared--I taught 6th grade for five years and I'm glad to know this helps you in your writing!

  • Jared Self 3 months ago

    These are really helpfull for me and the whole 6 grade

  • subhi singh 4 months ago

    What a nice reflective essay I got many idea thanks for every essay I give idea to all to see reflective essay in any competition assembly

  • nthabiseng 2 years ago

    Thanks for the heads up I'll keep this in mind

  • Kenneth Avery 3 years agofrom Hamilton, Alabama

    Virginia,

    Had to reread this again. Amazing work. Thanks again.

    K.

  • Kenneth Avery 3 years agofrom Hamilton, Alabama

    Hi, Virginia,

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  • Virginia Kearney 3 years agofrom United States

    Thanks simondixie! I'm glad to know that my articles are helpful to you. I've spend a lot of time tweaking the format and I'm always trying to remember to make sure I give practical ideas which hopefully spur a writer's or student's thoughts.

  • Nancy McLendon Scott 3 years agofrom Georgia

    Wonderful ideas! Although I'm now retired from teaching college English (and reading) classes, I occasionally teach on a part-time basis. Finding good topics that work well for college freshmen is not easy! Your hubs are easy to understand, practical, and quite helpful. Thank you!

  • Abstract

    Background

    Reflective journals are used by the students to voice their views on the daily activities during clinical placement. Reflective journals are aimed at helping the student to observe and record as many facts about daily practice as the student finds relevant. Reflective journal writing can therefore be used as a tool to evaluate that clinical learning is actually taking place and what challenges students are experiencing which may influence their learning. Findings by Harris (2006:460–461) are encouraging that through journaling students will develop ability to identify and analyse their difficulties, make suggestions for solving problems and ask and pursue questions on their own. Some of the participants confirmed improved values clarification, self-valuing and personal growth. Bulman & Schutz (2008: 172) recommends journal writing for recording processes the student observe, copy and internalize in her journey towards professional development.

    Objectives

    This study aimed to determine student nurses' perceptions of reflective journal writing as a means for personal, professional development and clinical learning development.

    Method

    A quantitative and descriptive survey was conducted in September 2013. Forty participants were recruited from second year student nurses of a University of Technology in uMgungundlovu District of KwaZulu-Natal. Purposive convenience sampling strategy was used. A structured questionnaire was designed by the researcher from literature reviewed. The questionnaire was piloted and modified, then used after permission had been granted by the Ethics Committee of the university concerned. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS 17) programme was used for data analysis.

    Results

    Results indicated that the participants generally experienced writing of reflective journals to be a valuable tool enhancing personal development, professional growth and clinical learning. A significant number (n = 24/60%) confirmed that they improved in making proactive decisions and taking on the spot corrective actions; 52% (n = 21) of the participants were empowered to examine their attitudes and perspectives to a given situation and 55% (n = 22) participants increased in active involvement and ownership of their learning.

    Recommendations

    It is recommended that clinical staff be reminded of their responsibility as role models for student nurses so as to enhance their personal, professional development and clinical development. The writing of reflective journals must be encouraged in nurse education and students given guidance and constructive feedback.

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