With the deadline for completing the mandated 20 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) fast approaching, now is a perfect time to reflect on any CPD activities, feedback, and experiences since May last year.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s CPD guidelines state that ‘CPD is more effective when it involves planning and reflection’.
Reflecting on your practice as a nurse or midwife can help you identify your strengths, as well as any perceived gaps in your knowledge, skills or need for extra support. That way, you can make a plan to firm up your skills or knowledge with CPD or seek support through your employer or the Nursing & Midwifery Health Program Victoria.
Two new resources are available to members through the ANMF (Vic Branch) Library to help promote and guide reflective practice:
- The Reflective Journal by Barbara Bassot (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), goo.gl/LECs4x
- The Reflective Practice Guide: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Critical Reflection by Barbara Bassot (Routledge, 2016) goo.gl/iyxZRP
Specifically developed for those working in education, healthcare and social services, these resources by Barbara Bassot offer different models and frameworks to encourage critical yet positive reflection.
The reflective journal is a particularly rich resource for those who want to get started in reflective practice but who may not know how, as it offers questions as prompts, and practical tips and tricks to build reflection into your practice.
Members who have borrowed these resources have commented on their utility in learning to confront challenges, building resilience, and remembering and reiterating what they love about nursing.
Members are welcome to borrow these books for two weeks, with options to renew. Members located in regional and rural Victoria can request to have library materials posted to their residential address, along with a reply-paid sticker to return items to the ANMF (Vic Branch) Library via post.
To search the library catalogue, go to http://anfvic.intersearch.com.au