Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment: A Practical Approach / Edition 5

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What's behind every healed patient? Critical thinking! Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment: A Practical Approach, 5th Edition, provides the tools you need to become a safe, competent nurse. Using an inspiring, insightful, "how-to" approach, this book helps you develop critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and test-taking skills in preparation for the NCLEX® Examination and, even more importantly, apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning to nursing practice. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning strategies come to life through the use of real-life scenarios and decision-making tools, all supported with evidence for why the strategies work. Expert author Rosalinda Alfaro-LeFevre makes the concepts of critical thinking and clinical reasoning come alive, so you can start thinking like a nurse and learn essential critical thinking and clinical judgment reasoning skills for nursing practice.

  • A simple approach and motivational writing style includes vivid examples, memorable anecdotes, and realistic case scenarios to make content come alive.
  • Practical strategies promote critical thinking and critical reasoning with supporting evidence for why the strategies work.
  • A focus on the "how to" (application) and supporting rationale (theory) makes difficult concepts easy to learn.
  • Coverage of timely topics includes problem-focused versus outcome-focused thinking, prioritizing decision-making, applying delegation principles, improving communication skills to prevent errors, and working smarter (not harder), with strategies to deal with workplace challenges such as managing time, managing conflict, and giving bad news.
  • An emphasis on ethics- and standards-based professional practice helps you prepare for practice in a world of increasing accountability.
  • Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning exercises help you understand the material and apply it to clinical practice.
  • Scenarios apply concepts to real-life situations.
  • Critical Moments offer simple strategies, self-care tips, and words of wisdom that can go a long way in improving clinical results.
  • Highlighted rules and clever mnemonics help you learn and remember important concepts.
  • UNIQUE! H.M.O. (Help Me Out) cartoons use humor to help you learn and apply important nursing concepts.
  • 25 NCLEX® Examination-style questions help you prepare for the NCLEX Examination.
  • A companion Evolve website enhances learning with chapter worksheets, printable study tools, and links to additional resources.
  • NEW and expanded content on clinical reasoning includes rapid response teams, safety issues, skilled communication, hand-off tools, informatics, preceptor use, empowering patients, applying the nursing process, and more.
  • A focus on current trends relates critical thinking and clinical reasoning to today's nursing practice by matching content to Institute of Medicine (IOM) guidelines, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies, and National Patient Safety Goals.
  • Maps and decision-making tools help you to "think things through" and make sound decisions about issues such as scope of practice and delegating safely and effectively.
  • Think, Pair, Share exercises promote in-depth learning through collaboration with peers and experts.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: Using an outcome focused approach, this book addresses the very important issues of critical thinking and clinical judgment in nursing.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist readers to enhance their critical thinking skills for nursing practice.
Audience: Student nurses and the faculty who teach them are the intended audience.
Features: The book's six chapters define critical thinking, outline how to think critically, detail the role of critical thinking and clinical judgment in nursing, explain evidence-based practice, and discuss practicing clinical judgment and mastering common workplace skills. The helpful appendixes include sections on mind mapping, patient rights, games to promote critical thinking, an example of a critical pathway, nursing classification systems, ANA Standards of Practice, and NCLEX practice questions.
Assessment: This user-friendly book provides helpful examples, anecdotes, and case scenarios. The importance of ethics and standards-based practice is emphasized.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437727760
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 12/29/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 218,101
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1. What are Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment?

2. How to Develop Critical Thinking

3. Clinical Reasoning and Clinical Judgment

4. Ethical Reasoning, Evidence-Based Practice, Teaching Others, Teaching Ourselves, and Test-Taking

5. Practicing Clinical Reasoning Skills: Applying Nursing Process

6. Developing Interpersonal, Teamwork, and Self-management Skills

Response Key for Exercises in Chapters 1 to 5

Appendix A: Concept Mapping: Getting in the "Right" State of Mind

Appendix B: Key Brain Parts Involved in Thinking

Appendix C: Patients’ Rights

Appendix D: ANA Standards of Practice and Professional Performance for Registered Nurses

Appendix E: Comprehensive Patient Admission Tool

Appendix F: NCLEX Practice Questions



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