Prof Christopher Johns, Prof Don Barry President University of Limerick, Anne Marie Ryan Chief Education Officer with an Bord Altranais, Siobhan O' Halloran Nursing Services Director HSE pictured at Comhra 15th International Reflective Practice Conference.
The Department of Nursing and Midwifery were very pleased to host the 15th International Reflective Practice 2 day conference at The University of Limerick on Thursday June 25 and 26. Reflective Practice is a form of contemplative scholarship that guides practioners to be ethical, informed, intentional towards realising effective practice. The title of this year's conference was Comhrá, an Irish word which when translated means conversation and dialogue. The conference was guided by the theme: transforming healthcare practice through reflective dialogue. This theme provided an opportunity to encourage dialogue around the notion of unfolding/discovering knowledge through reflective practice.
Professor Christopher Johns, internationally renowned for his work in reflective practice, was the convener for this series of conferences. At this conference attendees were able to listen and talk to the worlds leading experts in reflective practice including keynote speakers; Professor Jean Watson, Dr Jasna K Schwind and Professor Melanie A Jasper. The conference was also proud to present a keynote address from Dr Anne-Marie Ryan, Chief Education Officer with an Bord Altranais entitled 'reflections on Regulating Reflective Practice.
The theme of this year's conference was 'Transforming Healthcare Practice Through Reflective Dialogue' and papers were invited under the following themes; Reflection as a means of dialogue and engagement; Transforming and leading practice through reflective dialogue; Fostering learning through the use of reflection in professional educational programmes and Innovations that promote the facilitation of reflection. Under these four themes many papers presented were of great interest including 'Cancer Tales', 'innovative approaches to culturally safe inter-professional healthcare', 'home and hospice' and even 'reflective blog sites for the terminally ill', to name but a few, and were explored in great detail during this two day international conference.