Assignment: Professional Body Membership

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Assignment: Professional Body Membership

Assignment: Professional Body Membership

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

British Journal of Community Nursing Vol 15, No 11 547

w Training and competency records w Records of appraisal and personal development plans w Professional development activities with supporting

notes outlining the learning from each activity and some reflection on how it has informed and influenced practice

w Activities to support learning and assessment of oth- ers – including mentoring, preceptoring and teaching of pre- and post-registration nursing students, allied health professional students and the non-professional workforce

w Practice development activities undertaken to support evidence-based practice such as audits, development of protocols or guidelines, and change management projects

w Publications and conference presentations w Professional body membership and any associated work

Registered nurses should however, feel free to be creative in their selection of material for inclusion. Hillard (2006) advocates that practitioners should undertake regular writ- ten reflections on incidents that have occurred in the prac- tice arena, and using these within a professional portfolio. She suggests this enables the practitioner to demonstrate self-awareness, to identify the knowledge embedded in

daily nursing practice and to consider areas of practice that require development. This may be particularly pertinent for nurses working in primary care. The nature of work in the community is that it is often carried out by lone practition- ers who, although function as part of a wider health-care team, actually deliver care independently on a daily basis. Reflecting on individual episodes of care may support the autonomous nurse in evidencing skills and knowledge in work that other wise may remain ‘hidden’ to others. Schultz (2007) discussed how reflective practice has the potential to help community practitioners ‘unlock the tacit knowledge and understanding that they have of their practice.’ By recording this, there is the potential for the knowledge to be shared, made explicit and accessible to the wider nursing community to enable the development of practice.

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