A framework guiding critical thinking through reflective journal documentation: A Middle Eastern experience

Simpson, Elaine & Courtney, Mary D. (2007) A framework guiding critical thinking through reflective journal documentation: A Middle Eastern experience. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 13(4), pp. 203-208.

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The purpose of this paper is to present a framework to guide critical thinking through reflective journaling, and describe how a group of 20 Middle Eastern nurses used reflective journaling to enhance their practice. Journal documentation was used during clinical practicum to foster the development of critical thinking in order to assist nurses when analysing and evaluating their clinical experiences. The findings from this study demonstrated that nurses accepted the framework for journal documentation because it provided structure for reflection, speculation, synthesis and metacognition of events experienced during clinical practice. Journaling gave nurses the opportunity to transfer thoughts onto paper and write down subjective and objective data, and created dialogue between the nurse educators and nurses. They were engaged in productive and positive activity to enhance their nursing practice. Nurses also commented that writing helped to develop their confidence in writing English.

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ID Code: 33641
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: critical thinking, framework, nurses, reflective journal documentation
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2007.00629.x
ISSN: 1322-7114
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2010 02:16
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:37

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