Continuing Education and Competency Program - Reflective Practice

What is Reflective Practice?

Reflective Practice is a continual process where health professionals analyze and evaluate their own experiences to gain insight and promote professional growth and learning. Reflective Practice is demonstrated when a health professional is able to describe how their individual learning plan has positively impacted client outcomes.

Why is Reflective Practice necessary?

Reflective Practice is necessary for a number of reasons:

  • It is critical to learning from your own experience;
  • It helps you develop a professional identity and recognize the impact of your own personal values, beliefs, and attitudes on your everyday practice;
  • It allows you to connect new knowledge to existing knowledge; and
  • It provides you with tools to self-assess and self-regulate your practice.

Why is Reflective Practice important?

Reflective practice is important for a number of reasons:

  • It is a critical component of continuing competency;
  • It allows you to gain insight into what makes a caring and supportive person;
  • It allows you to gain insight into the nature of your knowledge in your own practice setting; and
  • It allows you to reshape what you do while you are doing it.

How do I document Reflective Practice?

Reflective Practice is documented in the evaluation part of your annual learning plan. Use the following framework to structure your reflective practice evaluation:

New Knowledge:
I have increased my competency in ___ [whatever you identified as a learning goal] by ____ [list the activities in your learning goal].

Reflective Evaluation of Learning Goal:
As a result, ___ [identify how your practice has improved]. This means that ___ [outline how your clients are positively impacted by your learning].

Example of a reflective evaluation of a learning goal:
I have increased my competency in the performance of (procedure) by completing my employer's learning module and working with a preceptor. As a result, I am able to competently perform this skill independently rather than waiting for another person to do it for me. This means clients get safe and timely care because lab results/ images/ blood gas can be completed faster, and I can make decisions sooner.