February 2022

Practice reflection during a pandemic

During these difficult and challenging times, you have been asked to adapt quickly and do more than ever before. This has likely impacted your practice in unexpected ways. That’s why reflecting on your practice is still so important, even though it might not seem like a priority during the pandemic.

Reflecting on a challenging workday can help you regroup and reset. It also can determine if you need or want to make changes to strengthen your nursing practice for your next shift. It doesn’t have to be a long, complicated process. Reflection can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day to consider what you did well, what you need to learn more about and what you would do differently in the future.

Resources to help you

If you want some assistance, check out our questions for helping you reflect on your practice experience. Answering these questions could support you in identifying areas in your practice for your continued learning.

Once you have identified areas in your practice that you want to strengthen, we encourage you to develop a Learning Plan. We have a template to help you, with instructions and tips on how to complete each section.

There are a variety of other resources available on our QA page, from videos and guides to samples of Learning Plans. Our goal is to support you as you continue to demonstrate your dedication to your patients every day.

For more on CNO’s Quality Assurance Program, visit our QA Program page.

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