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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
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.