What is critical thinking?
Complex phenomenon involving the use of logic and reasoning to make accurate clinical judgements and decisions
In critical thinking, a nurse must (READ)
Recognize that an issue exists
analyze all the data involved
evaluates the information
What are 4 attitudes and skills to build critical thinking into nursing practice
- Ability to ask questions
- be well informed
- Be honest in facing personal biases
- Be willing to reconsider and think clearly about issues
What is the purpose of reflective journal writing?
To help the nurse identify how previously learned knowledge can be applied in the future
Use of the pain scale is an example of adherence to which intellectual standard?
Depth, specifics, relevance, or consistency
A nurse uses The institutions procedure manual to confirm how to insert a Foley catheter. Which level of critical thinking is the nurse using?
Basic critical thinking
What is a concept map?
A visual representation of patient problems and interventions that shows their relationships to each other and allows easy synthesis of data about the patient
What are the six steps for critical thinking skills
Interpretation Analysis Inference Evaluation Explanation Self-regulation
What are two actions for developing critical thinking
Reflective writing and concept maps
Why is reflective writing or journalling important? (3)
Purposely recall a situation to determine purpose and meaning
Allows examination of assumptions
Allow you to gain experience and think about future strategies