Assessment task: Developing as a Reflective Practitioner: Discussion Paper Developing confidence and competence in the first 6 months as a graduate nurse requires the translation of knowledge to practice. New graduate nurses often experience challenges in the following areas: • Assimilation (fitting in – “being accepted by the team”) • Medication management • Time management Write an essay that identifies and analyses strategies to assist your own development as a reflective practitioner in relation to one of these challenges. Presentation and content of this assessment task: – You may use headings to guide the reader. – Write in the first person (refer to yourself as “I”). – Use examples from your PEP experience to explore the issues that you raise. Assessment criteria Demonstrates the qualities of a reflective practitioner by critically discussing own professional development needs and strategies to work with others. 15% Insightfully discusses the potential challenges which may be faced in practice. Comprehensively discusses professional development strategies to meet identified needs. Integrates ideas obtained from unit content, academic sources, and from PEP to develop strategies to support practice development as a graduate nurse. 15% Provides a detailed analysis and integration of ideas which show how the strategies will support practice development. Demonstrates extensive research on the topic with analysis and synthesis of ideas. Explores governance and regulatory frameworks in discussing autonomy, accountability and practice as a graduate nurse. 15% Provides a comprehensive analysis of the frameworks in relation to practice and provides relevant, convincing and well-integrated evidence to support discussion. Communicates in academic writing. 5% Is succinct, coherent, and unambiguous. There is logical structure and flow of ideas. Virtually free from spelling, grammatical and/or terminology errors.
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