Title

Reflective practice and its role in mental health nurses' practice development: a year-long study

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Graham, IW 2000, 'Reflective practice and its role in mental health nurses' practice development: a year-long study', Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 109-117.

The publisher's version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2850.2000.00269.x

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

The study reported in this paper lasted over a year, and identifies a conceptual framework of nursing practice based upon a relationship-building process. It also identifies six characteristics of nursing roles inherent within the practice of mental health nurses on a Nursing Development Unit. The paper presents a structure and process of reflection for nursing practice as illustrated by the work of a group of nurses working in a NDU. The purpose of the study was to help them better understand their work with patients. The findings from the study are used to explore how the nurses described and implemented individualized, patient-focused care. This care was based upon the ability of the nurse to communicate well and to build a relationship with a patient, bound within a context of change.