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"Critical thinking is a much-used term in nursing in the last 20 years, but a term that gets used loosely and often without definition." (Ulrich, 2012).
Ulrich, B.T. (2012). Mastering Precepting: A Nurse's Handbook for Success. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau.
Nursing Process and Critical Thinking [Print Version] by Judith M. WilkinsonThis innovative text uses concrete examples and hands-on exercises to help students clearly understand and apply the steps of the nursing process to today's rapidly changing healthcare environment. Moving beyond step-by-step instructions, NURSING PROCESS AND CRITICAL THINKING, 5/e encourages students to think about each part of the nursing process and use critical thinking to make better clinical decisions. Balancing practical and conceptual aspects of the nursing process, this edition includes an expanded interactive format, new Take Away Points, What do You Know, and Think About It features and a student resources website to help students begin to think like a nurse.
Publication Date: 2011-02-15
Expertise in Nursing Practice by Patricia E. Benner; Christine A. Tanner; Catherine A. CheslaNamed a 2013 Doody's Core Title Nursing practice is a complex and varied field that requires precision, dedication, care, and expertise. Clinicians must have both the skills and the tools to attend to changes in patients' responses, recognize trends, and understand the nature of their patients' conditions over time. This book clearly delineates the skills needed to become an expert nurse. In this new edition, the editors present a report of a six-year study of over 130 hospital nurses working in critical care. Expanding upon the study conducted in the previous edition, this new book documents and analyzes hundreds of new clinical narratives that track the development of clinical skill acquisition, including caring, clinical judgment, workplace ethics, and more. Highlights of this book: Includes transitional guidance for nurses new to the field Discusses the primacy of caring and the importance of good clinical judgment Includes new practice models, including the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition Provides guidelines for strengthening the nurse-patient relationship Presents implications for nursing education and patient safety Ultimately, this work defines expertise in nursing practice. The book serves as a valuable resource that will enable nurses to expand their knowledge base, cultivate their clinical skills, and become successful experts in nursing practice."
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People [Print version] by Stephen R. CoveyIn The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity -- principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.
Publication Date: 2004-11-09
Characteristic of Critical Thinkers
Source: Alfaro-LeFevre, R. (1999). Critical thinking in nursing: a practical approach (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.
To gain a better understanding of yourself as a learner, you need to evaluate the way you prefer to access information. By doing so, you will be able to develop strategies that will enhance your learning potential.
Fact or Fiction?
Apply these critical thinking exercises and tailor them to your unit needs.