Etym. reflection (n.) Of the mind, from 1670s. Meaning “remark made after turning back one’s thought on some subject” is from 1640s.
- The engagement of self-monitoring that occurs during or after a simulation experience; this self-monitoring is performed by participants during or after a simulation experience.
- A process to assist learners in identifying their knowledge gaps and demonstrating the areas in which they may need further improvement; it requires active involvement in the simulation and facilitator guidance to aid in this process (Rodgers, 2002; Decker et al., 2008; Kuiper & Pesut, 2004).
- The conscious consideration of the meanings and implications of the events of the simulation; this process allows participants to make meaning out of the experience, to identify questions generated by the experience, and ultimately, to assimilate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes uncovered through the experience with pre-existing knowledge.
- A process to assist learners in identifying their knowledge gaps and demonstrating the areas in which they may need further improvement; reflective thinking is necessary for metacognitive skill acquisition and clinical judgment and has the potential to decrease the gap between theory and practice. Reflection requires creativity and conscious self-evaluation to deal with unique patient situations. (International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, 2016).
See also: GUIDED REFLECTION