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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.

Individual Identity or Deviant Case?
Individual identity or deviant case?

I have spent most of my life pursuing an elusive desire to fulfil the academic potential I exhibited as a child. My educational progress was interrupted by an event that was subsequently to become the object of my research interest rather than just an episode that enhanced my motivation to succeed academically despite the overwhelming weight of evidence that conspired against me.

Under the umbrella of a nursing qualification I achieved what I believed was success in academic terms. I was both a District Nurse and a Health Visitor before engaging in a first degree in Psychology. This degree enabled me to enter nurse education where I subsequently completed a Master's degree in Women's Studies that started ...

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