BACKGROUND : Reflection is recognised as an important method for practice development.
The importance of reflection is well documented in the literature, but the requirements for
reflection remain unclear.
OBJECTIVES : To explore and describe the requirements for reflection in the critical care
environment as viewed by educators of qualified critical care nurses.
METHOD : A focus group interview was conducted to explore and describe the views of
educators of qualified critical care nurses regarding requirements for reflection in the critical
RESULTS : The themes that emerged from the focus group were buy-in from stakeholders –
management, facilitators and critical care nurses, and the need to create an environment where
reflection can occur.
CONCLUSION : Critical care nurses should be allowed time to reflect on their practice and be
supported by peers as well as a facilitator in a non-intimidating way to promote emancipatory