Critical Thinking in Nursing : Case Studies Across the Curriculum / Edition 1

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Overview

Helping today's nursing professional acquire essential critical thinking skills for solving both common and more complex health problems, this innovative and insightful workbook contains 92 real-life cases which address all aspects of nursing care (i.e., assessment, analyzing data, planning care, evaluating benefits and possible consequences of care), and demonstrate the cognitive and affective components that influence critical thinking. Contains an introduction to critical thinking, an historical overview of critical thinking, and an in-depth discussion on the affective and cognitive components of critical thinking. Uses critical thinking language throughout; bases all material on critical thinking theory; and fosters both attitude and cognitive critical thinking within each case. Organizes case studies by major nursing specialties—adult health, community and home-care, maternal-newborn, pediatrics, and mental health nursing—and presents many activities and questions within each case to stimulate critical thinking skills. Includes practice sessions, detailed chapter summaries, and a book/Internet link that provides regularly updated material. For nurses specializing in adult health, community and home-care, maternal-newborn, pediatrics, and mental health.

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This book was written by a leader in the movement to incorporate critical thinking skills into the classroom learning environment. This innovative and insightful workbook contains 92 real-life cases that address all aspects of nursing care - assessment, analyzing data, planning care, evaluating benefits and possible consequences of care, and more. Using these cases as a vehicle to help students both understand and apply the cognitive and affective components that influece critical thinking, it enhances their reasoning skills on common and complex health problems, and allows them to practice attitude and cognitive thining skills in a safe environment. Easily incorporated throughout the entire nursing curriculum, this workbook is ideal for assignments, as a springboard for classroom discussions or as a self-directed text. Contents include an introduction to critical thinking, a historical overview of critical thinking, an in-depth discussion on the affective and cognitive components of critical thinking, plus complete explanations on how to use activities in the book.

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Reviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: This is a study guide/workbook that contains examples of critical thinking exercises across the lifespan. An instructor guide accompanies the student text.
Purpose: The purpose is to increase the student's use of critical thinking in nursing.
Audience: The primary audience is the undergraduate student at any level of RN program. The editor has good credentials for writing in this area.
Features: Primarily, exercises in each area of nursing (i.e., adult health, critical care, obstetrics, pediatrics, and mental health) are provided. The editor provides a good historical perspective on the evolution of critical thinking and applicability to practice situations. Adult health scenarios are well done. Examples are easy to follow.
Assessment: Use of and practice with case studies are good methods of stimulating critical thinking. This skill is important in this time of RN shortages. Still, it would have been helpful if the editor had addressed more legal, ethical, and end of life issues in this text. There are very few examples in the pediatric population, especially common issues such as asthma. The instructor guide is a good resource for the person who really wants to reinforce critical thinking in the clinical area. There are several texts that are specific case studies in nursing ethics or cultural diversity, but few that are as broad based as this one. The use of the case study and critical thinking in a student and instructor guide is a wonderful idea especially for inexperienced faculty.
Carole Kenner
This is a study guide/workbook that contains examples of critical thinking exercises across the lifespan. An instructor guide accompanies the student text. The purpose is to increase the student's use of critical thinking in nursing. The primary audience is the undergraduate student at any level of RN program. The editor has good credentials for writing in this area. Primarily, exercises in each area of nursing (i.e., adult health, critical care, obstetrics, pediatrics, and mental health) are provided. The editor provides a good historical perspective on the evolution of critical thinking and applicability to practice situations. Adult health scenarios are well done. Examples are easy to follow. Use of and practice with case studies are good methods of stimulating critical thinking. This skill is important in this time of RN shortages. Still, it would have been helpful if the editor had addressed more legal, ethical, and end of life issues in this text. There are very few examples in the pediatric population, especially common issues such as asthma. The instructor guide is a good resource for the person who really wants to reinforce critical thinking in the clinical area. There are several texts that are specific case studies in nursing ethics or cultural diversity, but few that are as broad based as this one. The use of the case study and critical thinking in a student and instructor guide is a wonderful idea especially for inexperienced faculty.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805385373
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/13/1999
  • Edition description: WORKBOOK
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Adult Health Nursing.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Acute Pulmonary Edema. Adenocarcinoma of the Colon. Atrial Dysrhythmia: Rapid Heart Rate. Bleeding Esophageal Varices. Breast Cancer. Complicated Diabetes Mellitus. Congestive Heart Failure. Diabetes Mellitus. Fluid Retention of Unknown Etiology. Hepatitis B. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection. Hyperthyroidism. Living with a Cardiac Pacemaker. Multiple Sclerosis. Renal Calculi. Respiratory Compromise Following Hip Surgery. Spinal Cord Injury. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Community and Home Care Nursing.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Alzheimer's Disease. Central Line Care. Choosing to Die. Chronic Obstructive Lung. Colostomy. Congestive Heart Failure. Crisis Intervention. Decubitus Ulcer. Fecal Impaction. Health Screening. Hypoglycemia. Injected Foot Wound. Medication Error. Neighborhood Assessment. Palliative Care. Parkinson's Disease. Peripheral Vascular Disease. Tuberculosis. Urinary Tract Infection.

Material-Newborn Nursing.

Adolescent Mother and Attachment Issues. Cesarean Birth and Recovery. Early Postpartal Hematoma. Ectopic Pregnancy. Gestational Diabetes. HELLP Syndrome. Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Induction of Labor. Multiple Births. Postpartum Depression. Primigravida labor. Pueperal Eclampsia. Teenage Pregnancy and Premature Labor. Uterine Tear. Vaginal Birth after Cesarean.

Nursing Care of Children.

Acute Glomerulonephritis. Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) in Premature Infant. Cultural Differences and Breastfeeding. Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER). Heroin and Cocaine Addiction. Hirschsprung's Disease. Immunizations. Iron Deficiency Anemia. Osteoseptic Arthritis. Otitis Media. Pneumonia and Asthma. Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Surgical Preparation. Third-Degree Burns. Traumatic Closed Brain Injury.

Mental Health Nursing.

Adolescent Client. Adolescent Depression. Antisocial Personality Disorder. Anxiety and Panic Attacks. Delusional Behavior. Depression. Depression and Suicidal Ideation. Eating Disorder: Anorexia. Involuntary Hospital Admission. Long Term Care. Paranoid Schizophrenia. Patient-Care Giver Conflict. Potentially Dangerous Home Health Visit. Restrained Patient. Schizophrenia.

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