Promoting self-reflection in clinical practice among Chinese nursing undergraduates in Hong Kong

Wan Yim Ip, May H. Lui, Wai Tong Chien, Iris F. Lee, Lai Wah Lam, Diana T. Lee

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This study evaluated the effect of a structured education programme on improving the self-reflection skills of Chinese nursing undergraduates in managing clinical situations. Johns' Structured Reflection Model was used as a framework for the development of the education programme. Thirty-eight nursing undergraduates attended a 3-hour interactive workshop on reflective skills and were encouraged to practise the skills learned under the guidance of a nurse instructor during their 4-week clinical practicum. The findings indicated that the programme was helpful in improving the undergraduates' reflective skills though only a few of them reached the highest level as critical reflectors. Some undergraduates identified time constraints and the lack of a trusting relationship with their nurse instructor as barriers to their reflective learning. The findings may help nurse educators develop education programmes with structured learning strategies to promote nursing undergraduates' self-refection in clinical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-262
Number of pages10
JournalContemporary Nurse
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012


  • Chinese
  • Education programme
  • Nursing undergraduates
  • Self-reflection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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