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Advancing the quality of oncology nursing care: Interlink Community Cancer Nurses’ model for reflective practice

By Doris Howell and Beth Pelton


Since 1996, Interlink Community Cancer Nurses have been using reflective practice as a team to share knowledge and experience amongst peers. The use of reflective practice enables the nurse to examine decision-making in patient situations and uncover the knowledge and artistry that is embedded in nursing practice. This article describes how reflection is practised by specialist cancer nurses to advance the quality of caregiving. The use of a structured framework for reflection which incorporates ways of knowing in nursing is an essential feature of the Interlink model for reflection. The development of a process for reflection within the Interlink program has at times been challenging. However, the Interlink nurses’ experience with reflection is believed to be critical to the ongoing development of the program and the individual nurse. Interlink nurses have found that guided reflection, the creation of an environmental milieu for reflection and personal knowing, and self evaluation are critical to the process of becoming a self-reflective practitioner

Topics: Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology. Including cancer and carcinogens, RC254-282
Publisher: Pappin Communications
Year: 2001
DOI identifier: 10.5737/1181912x114182186
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