1. Choose to write about any aspect(s) of practice which:
Feel the intervention made a difference in a client outcome
Feel went unusually well
Feel did not go as planned
Think captures the essence of nursing practice
2. Identify the following elements in the reflective journal: (The focus should be on the nursing practice)
What was going on (the context of the situation)?
o Shift, time of day, resources, the clinical scenario
o Detailed description of situation/incident/experience
Why is this incident important?
What were the concerns at the time?
o What thoughts and feeling during and after the experience?
o What influenced the decision-making?
o What, if anything, was the most demanding aspect of this experience?
o What was unexpected?
3. Analyze the positive and negative aspects of this learning experience:
Choose to write about the following:
A reflection or evaluation of the situation showing the competencies and expertise used (skilled communication, teaching, leadership).
Support these with current evidence-based practice literature.
What were actions taken? Include not just, what was done, but also more importantly the rationale for the actions. Support these with current evidence-based practice literature. What new knowledge or insights were gained? How would make recommendations for change in practice?
Provide references to show evidence-based practice
Was anything learned? If so what?
Consider another way to manage nursing practice as it relates to this experience? Has the nursing practice changed in any way?
4. Follow these guidelines:
Journal entries should exceed no more than two (2) pages in length (not including reference page).
Journal entries should include a minimum of two (2) citations from a peer-reviewed, evidence-based journal. The inclusion of
evidence-based practice is an integral part of learning, critical thinking and growth therefore must be relevant to the journal topic and shows relevant learning.
Journal to follow 7th edition APA guidelines and should include a title page, the body of the journal, reference page.