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Critical Thinking and Writing for Nursing Students

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Critical thinking, writing and reflection are core skills that nursing students are expected to develop throughout their studies. This book is a clear and practical guide to help students develop these skills. It explains what critical thinking is and how students should use it throughout their nursing programme. Throughout, the book demonstrates the transferable nature of critical thinking and reflection from academic contexts to the real practice of nursing. The 2nd edition includes a new chapter on critiquing ...
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Overview

Critical thinking, writing and reflection are core skills that nursing students are expected to develop throughout their studies. This book is a clear and practical guide to help students develop these skills. It explains what critical thinking is and how students should use it throughout their nursing programme. Throughout, the book demonstrates the transferable nature of critical thinking and reflection from academic contexts to the real practice of nursing. The 2nd edition includes a new chapter on critiquing literature, examines how caring skills are essential to critical thinking and includes a website with annotated examples of students' work.
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Editorial Reviews

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This is an accessible, compact and very helpful text which breaks down key concepts associated with critical thinking, what it means and how students might go about it. Very practically focused and I particularly liked the application to both theory and practice learning experiences' -
Dr Norrie Brown, Edinburgh Napier University

'I think it is an extremely useful book for student nurses attempting to understand what critical thinking is and how to use and demonstrate critical thinking in both theoretical and practical work. It contains a wide breadth of useful information which is current and relevant to student nurses today' -
Lucie Moore, University of Manchester

'We have now included this text on the reading list for all pre-registration programmes across the modules. We found the book to provide a clear explanation for concepts and skills which students continually struggle with' -
Gemma Stacey, University of Nottingham

'This is an area students struggle with especially as they move from year 1 to year 2. This excellent text has been recommended for library purchase and is on the reading list for every unit. It explores the issue in depth but in a simple way that can engage the reader easily' -
Caroline Ridley, Manchester Metropolitan University

'Finally, a text which explores the step-by-step journey of critical thinking and reflection but takes the added step of informing the reader as to how such reflection should be documented. I will be using this book as a key text from September 2010 with my students for the practice element of their programme, since critical reflection and thinking will prove extremely valuable to the student's future nursing careers' -
Thomas Beary, University of Hertfordshire

Caroline E Gibson

This book helps students to navigate the jump from year 2 to degree level writing. I particularly appreciate the chapter on making sense of clinical placements as it helps the students tie together their theory and practice experiences. The chapter on making sense of lectures is excellent and can be used by student’s right from entry to university. The chapter outlines the importance of preparing for lectures and the use of ‘different hats’ to consider different elements of the lecture is very engaging.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446256442
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/31/2013
  • Series: Transforming Nursing Practice Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,155,476
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Price is Director, Postgraduate Awards in Advancing Healthcare Practice at the Open University, an educational consultant, coach and an experienced writer of continuing professional development articles on thinking and learning with RCN Publishing journals. Bob has developed a number of courses on skills development, including those designed to assist students to analyse their own abilities and opportunities. A passionate educator, Bob has assisted students at every level from pre registration programmes of study up to and including Doctor of Philosophy. Bob’s doctoral thesis was on the negotiation of learning and strategies used by students and tutors to develop scholarly and professional forms of expression.

Anne Harrington is senior lecturer in law and ethics, management and education at City University. Anne has been teaching for nearly twenty years, she is passionate about supporting and enhancing students’ learning experience. Her PhD in Education focused on the students’ experience of academic support in higher education and reported that many of them who had their prior academic education overseas found it difficult to develop critical and analytical thinking when writing their essay.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING THINKING, REFLECTING AND WRITING
Critical Thinking
Reflecting
Scholarly Writing
Critiquing Literature and Examining Evidence
PART TWO: CRITICAL THINKING AND REFLECTING IN NURSING CONTEXTS
Making Sense of Lectures
Making Sense of Workshops
Making Sense of Clinical Placements
Making Use of Electronic Media
PART THREE: EXPRESSING CRITICAL THOUGHT AND REFLECTION
Writing the Analytical Essay
Writing the Reflective Essay
Building and Using Your Portfolio of Learning
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