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'I found the book to be fascinating and so thought provoking that it made me consider more carefully the text and prose to really understand what the author said. It is skilfully written, very readable and has implications for a wide range of people such as the undergraduate, practitioner, lecturer and researcher' Accident and Emergency Nursing Gaining self-awareness is a vital aspect of professional development for all who work in the caring professions. In nursing especially, the ability to evaluate oneself affects all areas of practice, including direct patient care, working relationships with colleagues and maintaining one's own well-being in the often pressured environment of health care. This is an innovative text which explores the ways in which self-awareness can be used as a practical tool for continuing professional development and practice improvement. Divided into three parts, the book examines the role of the nurse as therapeutic practitioner, reflective learner and reflexive researcher. For all those wishing to develop their skills as autonomous, reflective, accountable practitioners, this book will be an inspiring read. It will be of immense use to those who teach and supervise nurses at all levels.

Therapeutic Nursing and Technology: Clinical Supervision and Reflective Practice in a Critical Care Setting
Therapeutic nursing and technology: Clinical supervision and reflective practice in a critical care setting

The advent of reflective practice and the recommendations for clinical supervision (NHS ME, 1993; UKCC, 1996) provide an opportunity for exploring and developing practice using practical experiences whilst encouraging personal growth to improve patient care (Butterworth & Faugier, 1994). The argument for learning through experience is supported by the writings of Patricia Benner (1984; Benner et al., 1992; Benner et al., 1999) and work with critical care nurses that supports the view that practitioners base actions on previous experiences rather than textbook knowledge.

There have been an increasing number of technological and scientific advances within critical care during the ...

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