Nursing critical thinking skills drive the decision-making process and impact the quality of care provided,” says Georgia Vest, DNP, RN and senior dean of nursing at Rasmussen College School of Nursing.Critical thinking is embedded in a nurse’s everyday routine.Keep reading to learn why and to see how you can improve this skill.
By analyzing and critiquing the work of others—especially experts—students have to temporarily merge minds with them (or else they’re just producing conjecture that sounds smart).
By thinking critically, they learn here by imitation—for a moment, running alongside others who, among other functions, act as pacesetters.
Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking.
It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use.
It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism.” A paper published in 2004 by a professor at Harvard says that definitions for critical thinking are “available in various sources are quite disparate and are often narrowly field dependent,” offering a psychology-based definition as “Critical thinking examines assumptions, discerns hidden values, evaluates evidence, and assesses conclusions.” In the same paper, Philosopher Richard Paul and educational psychologists Linda Elder define critical thinking as “That mode of thinking – about any subject, content, or problem – in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully taking charge of the structures inherent in thinking and imposing intellectual standards upon them.” In education, critical pedagogy and critical thinking overlap almost entirely.
The definitions above, while focus on the thinking, don’t focus much on the criticism.In critical thinking, there is no conclusion; it is constant interaction with changing circumstances and new knowledge that allows for broader vision which allows for new evidence which starts the process over again. After circling the meaning of whatever you’re thinking critically about—a navigation necessarily done with bravado and purpose—the thinker can then analyze the thing.To think critically about something is to claim to first circle its meaning entirely—to walk all the way around it so that you understand it in a way that’s uniquely you. In thinking critically, the thinker has to see its parts, its form, its function, and its context. This scientist that has worked for months on this study to prove or disprove this ambitious theory.Another good one is that critical thinking is a certain skepticism about what to think, do and believe. The nursing profession tends to attract those who have natural nurturing abilities, a desire to help others and a knack for science or anatomy.They flex this mental muscle each day they enter the floor.When you’re faced with decisions that could ultimately mean life or death, the ability to analyze a situation and come to a solution separates the good nurses from the great ones.I am both capable of all of this, Would help to mention Matt Lipman’s (Philosophy for Children) definition of critical thinking as making judgments with criteria (and “self-correcting” as mentioned above.) Very practical application: “What’s your favorite movie and why?” The “why” gives us the criteria/reasons that can then be supported with evidence. But there is another important skill that successful nurses share and it’s often over-looked: the ability to think critically.Identifying a problem, determining the best solution and choosing the most effective method are all parts of the critical thinking process.