CRITICAL THINKING

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CRITICAL THINKING :

CRITICAL THINKING

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“ THINKING is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage it.” Henry Ford.

“Critical thinking is an important skill for a nurse manager”:

“Critical thinking is an important skill for a nurse manager ” Critical Thinking is a process by which one purposefully engages in mental activity to achieve a specified decision or judgment . D efinition :

Characteristics of Critical Thinker::

Characteristics of Critical Thinker: Active thinker Fair minded Open minded Persistent Empathic Independent in thought Good communicator Honest Organized Sytematic

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11. Proactive 12. Flexible 13. Realistic 14. Humble 15. Cognizant of the rules of logic 16. Curious 17. Insightful 18. Creative and committed to excellence

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Nurses must make well-reasoned judgments, often in an atmosphere of chaos, stress and fear. Rudyard Kipling offers a vivid image of such a situation in his poem, "If": " If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you."

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According to The Foundation for Critical Thinking , as the elements of critical thought develop into a habit, nurses improve their ability to assess complex situations with, "a mind fully engaged in the practice of nursing."

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The objectives for critical thinking in nursing include the ability to ask pertinent questions, analyze multiple forms of evidence, and evaluate options before coming to a conclusion. Objectives

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Components of critical thinking in nursing include specific knowledge, application of certain processes and procedures, and a humanistic approach to standards of care

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Are related to the clinical decision making process. Nursing critical thinking skills are a systemic, logical, reasoned approach to the nursing process which results in quality patient care. Critical Thinking Skills in Nursing

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3. The nurse is open to intellectual reasoning and a systematic approach to problem solving. 4. Critical thinking in nursing is an active process involving the nurse in shifting data, choosing which components are vital and then assessing and filtering to form a vital decision process.

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5. Critical thinking is a part of the nursing process which adheres to a deep commitment to maintain intellectual discipline, as well as formulating decisions based on sound judgments and logical conclusions.

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Critical thinking will result in excellent clinical outcomes and patient safety

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Significance: Assessing a patient requires several domains of information, and the nurse must be able to decide which pieces of information a patient offers are critical. Patient information can be complex, including elements not only of a clinical complaint but of family and culture ..

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Effects Using critical thinking also has a holistic component. The nurse regards the patient as a whole person and will base care, treatment and recovery goals upon that point of view. Data gathering from a holistic or whole person point of view requires a synthesis of judgment to prioritize goals. The whole person approach includes those elements of culture as well as institutional goals.

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Benefits Using critical thinking also has an empathetic component; i.e., the ability to listen compassionately. The nurse gathers a lot of data or information regarding a patient and guides the nursing care of the patient based on observations as well as interactions.

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As a nurse we should take time to cultivate our critical-thinking skills because they will be the ultimate tool you bring to patient care situations the T herapeutic U se of Self .

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NOW LETS PRACTICE YOUR CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS!!!!!

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