By nature, MRTs and ENPs are professionals who “do and get the job done.” What we don’t do is go more than a day without learning.
A hurdle that the technologist faces in self-reflection is to recognize that learning has taken place; we don’t give ourselves enough credit for the learning aspect of our jobs. With changes in technology and the changing nature of our responsibilities, we must constantly adjust and adapt. In short, we learn.
Once we have recognized that we have undergone learning, we have to figure out what to do with the newly acquired knowledge. The transition from learning to the endpoint is what the self-reflection is based upon; that is, how has the learning affected how you will act in the future?
When writing your self-reflection, use a personal perspective and explain how the learning has impacted your own practice. Give examples of how what you’ve learned has affected your practice. Use key phrases such as “I have used this information to…”, “I am now able to implement best practice because…” or “This helped me recognize….”
Your reflection does not have to be long or verbose, and it is not an exercise in creative writing. It should, however, make clear to the reader how what you learned affected your work. Remember that the Competence Committee, which is made up of your peers and which monitors CCP compliance, is made up of members from all five specialties that the College regulates. For instance, if you are a radiological technologist, there may be an ENP or radiation therapist reading your reflection. Clarity is very necessary.
Here are some examples to help you in your reflection:
|Learning Activity||CPR Recertification|
|Unacceptable reflections||job requirement|
|my boss makes me do it|
|Acceptable reflection||Now that I have recertified my CPR, I am better able to handle or assist in an emergency situation should the need arise|
|I am now more equipped with how to take action should a patient require lifesaving intervention. Despite the hospital having a “code team”, there are still things than should be done immediately while waiting for the code team to arrive and take over.|
|I feel more confident that I can intervene to assist a patient if this becomes necessary.|
|Learning Activity||Regulation Education Module|
|Unacceptable reflections||good to know|
|Helps me meet my CCP hours|
|I was forced to do this by the Hearing Tribunal|
|Acceptable reflection||I am now able to fully understand my responsibilities as a regulated professional which will enhance my professionalism and patient care.|
|Learning Activity||Applications Training|
|Unacceptable reflections||Learned how to operate new camera system; learned new software|
|Acceptable reflection||I learned how to operate the new vendor camera system so that I am able to perform the imaging that is required of me when I work at the hospital site at which I am employed|
|Learning Activity||Course on Cultural Competence|
|Unacceptable reflections||I don’t deal with patients and so this has no bearing on my practice|
|Acceptable reflection||Although I do not deal with patients directly, the skills and tools that I have gained through this training will help me in my position as a manager as I manage technologists from many different cultures/backgrounds. It will assist me in understanding cultural trends in communication that will allow me to have more effective conversations with my employees.|
The College strives to make the CCP process as simple as we can while ensuring regulatory compliance. We are always here to assist you in meeting your CCP requirements. Should you have any questions, please contact the College at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 780.487.6130 or 1.800.282.2165.