Critical reflection essay

Critical reflection essay

Assessment 3: Critical reflection essay. Weighting: 50%. 1500 words

Aim of assessment
This assessment provides the student with the opportunity to critically reflect on the application of leadership styles in clinical practice.

Critical Reflection Topic:
Discuss the relationship between leadership and patient safety and quality. Critically reflect on how your own leadership style will contribute to influencing and promoting a culture of quality and safety in clinical practice.

The critical reflection essay requires:
A definition of patient safety and quality
A discussion of the relationship between leadership and patient safety in clinical practice
A concise description of your own leadership style and its essential characteristics.
Critical reflection on how, why, when and where, you could apply your leadership style to promote patient safety and quality in clinical practice as a new graduate.

Student Directions:
Adequately and appropriately use at least five (5) recent (i.e. from 2009) peer reviewed, academic, research /evidence-based journal articles, (preferably from nursing management and leadership journals) to adequately support critical discussion points. The quality of your critical discussion will depend largely on the appropriateness and quality of references and how well these are used to provide evidence and support for that discussion.

In the construction of your written work do not use non-academic literature. Further, it is not acceptable to copy any information from other sources, including Websites or other electronic sources, other students, books, journals, etc., and present it as your own work.

References must be: in the APA style, adequately and correctly given, both in text and in the final reference list. This reference guide is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) (American Psychological Association, 2010). Use of non-academic literature is not acceptable. Further, it is not acceptable to copy any information from other sources, including Websites or other electronic sources, other students, books, journals, etc., and present it as your own work.

The work is to conform to the conventions of academic writing, with logical flow of ideas, clarity and conciseness of expression, non- discriminatory use of language, and consistently accurate spelling, grammar, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph construction.

Where you are discussing the relationship between leadership and patient safety and quality and substantiating points from resources such as academic literature you will need to write in the third person in an appropriate academic style.

You will need to write in the first person in most of the paper where you critically reflect on how your leadership style will contribute to influencing and promoting a culture of quality and safety in clinical practice.

Marking criteria and standards: Assessment 3 – Critical Reflection Paper (50%)

Introduction (5 marks)
The Introduction includes an expertly constructed aim, and provides an exceptional, clear, comprehensive and concise overview of all major concepts and issues to be addressed in the body of the work. The Introduction includes a well-constructed aim, and provides a very good, clear, comprehensive and concise overview of all major concepts and issues to be addressed in the body of the work.

Discusses the relationship between leadership and patient safety and quality in clinical practice. Includes definitions of patient safety and quality in discussion (10 marks)
Excellent, clear, concise, comprehensive discussion and definitions, Expert substantiation from relevant, current high quality academic literature.

Describes own leadership style and its essential characteristics (10 marks)
Exceptional description of leadership style and its characteristics, Expert substantiation from relevant, current high quality academic literature.

Identify and critically reflect on how, when, where and why and you could effectively and appropriately apply your professional leadership style to promote patient safety and quality in clinical practice (15 marks)
Exceptional, innovative, original, concise and clear identification and critical reflection of how, when, where and why, you as a new graduate could effectively and appropriately apply your leadership style to promote patient safety and quality in clinical practice.
Very good, clear, and concise identification and critical reflection of how, when, where and why you as a new graduate could effectively and appropriately apply your professional leadership style to promote patient safety and quality in clinical practice in clinical practice.

Conclusion (5 marks)
Outstanding, clear, concise, conclusion, which includes original pertinent insights, and draws upon all significant points raised in the essay and draws these together in an expert manner.
Provides a very good, clear, concise, organised conclusion, which succinctly and meaningfully summarises all the main points raised in the essay and draws these together in a very good manner. Provides a good, clear, concise, organised conclusion, which summarises most of the main points raised in the essay and draws these together in a good manner.

Academic Rigour, Referencing writing styles and Organised and Logical sequencing expert (5 marks)
Flawless referencing, with all references adequately and correctly given, both in text and in final reference list according to designated APA style. Extensive, relevant current academic reference list effectively utilised. Very good referencing, with adequate and correct references given both in text and in final reference list according to designated APA style. Comprehensive and relevant list of current academic references effectively used. Publishable or outstanding level of clarity of expression, fluent writing style and absence of any discriminatory use of language throughout.
Very good clarity of expression, with no ambiguity issues. Advanced, well developed, engaging writing style with no use of discriminatory language throughout. Effective clarity of expression
outstanding coherent, logical organised sequencing. Very good, cogent, focused, structured sequencing with logically ordered flow of ideas. Concise and orderly work. Effective, focused, structured sequencing with logically ordered flow of ideas.

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