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Updated and revised, the second edition of this unique and popular text promotes the critical thinking and professional skills needed to face the challenges of today's rapidly changing health care system. Readers learn both skills and theory in a manner that is practical and easy to read. A completely new chapter provides clinical guidelines for mastering the workplace skills suggested by National Educational Goals 2000. And, a wealth of examples, analogies, case studies, and practice sessions provide readers with a truly interactive experience. These practice scenarios illustrate "real-world" challenges such as communicating bad news, working in teams, managing conflict, and satisfying customers.

The book contains both black-and-white and two-color illustrations.

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Brenda S. Jackson
This is an updated version of the groundbreaking initial edition text for beginning nursing students. Using examples from everyday situations in nursing, the author helps the reader develop critical thinking processes. The purpose is to include basic information about what critical thinking entails, not only from a theory perspective, but also from a reality-based approach. This reflects the many changes occurring in healthcare delivery systems. The author includes updated information on the shift to evidence-based, outcome-driven practice and how it requires more critical thinking skills than have been required in the past. Multidisciplinary practice and the use of computers in the practice and educational settings are discussed. The intended audience is undergraduate nursing students. A companion guide is available for faculty. This text, however, is also a useful reference for practicing nurses who are challenged to change current practices and shift their thinking from the basic nursing process to more complex ideas such as prevention, prediction, and management in complex healthcare environments. Content about the attributes of critical thinking is presented in a conversational style with accompanying tables and charts to summarize key points. Organizing ideas are highlighted in the text. New information from leaders in the critical thinking movement is introduced. Numerous examples and scenarios are presented to guide the reader in developing higher level thinking skills. Emphasis in this edition includes clinical judgment required for nursing diagnosis, scope of practice, and moral/ethical dilemmas. A new chapter focuses on workplace issues such as facilitatingchange, dealing with complaints, team building, and purposeful writing. While the author has updated her text including new focal areas, she has not neglected the basics in development of critical thinking. This is an excellent introductory text for nursing students. Practicing nurses who want to continue to develop their practice skills for the changing healthcare environment will also find this to be an excellent reference for their professional libraries.
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Reviewer:Brenda S. Jackson, PhD, RN(University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio)
Description:This is an updated version of the groundbreaking initial edition text for beginning nursing students. Using examples from everyday situations in nursing, the author helps the reader develop critical thinking processes.
Purpose:The purpose is to include basic information about what critical thinking entails, not only from a theory perspective, but also from a reality-based approach. This reflects the many changes occurring in healthcare delivery systems. The author includes updated information on the shift to evidence-based, outcome-driven practice and how it requires more critical thinking skills than have been required in the past. Multidisciplinary practice and the use of computers in the practice and educational settings are discussed.
Audience:The intended audience is undergraduate nursing students. A companion guide is available for faculty. This text, however, is also a useful reference for practicing nurses who are challenged to change current practices and shift their thinking from the basic nursing process to more complex ideas such as prevention, prediction, and management in complex healthcare environments.
Features:Content about the attributes of critical thinking is presented in a conversational style with accompanying tables and charts to summarize key points. Organizing ideas are highlighted in the text. New information from leaders in the critical thinking movement is introduced. Numerous examples and scenarios are presented to guide the reader in developing higher level thinking skills. Emphasis in this edition includes clinical judgment required for nursing diagnosis, scope of practice, and moral/ethical dilemmas. A new chapter focuses on workplace issues such as facilitating change, dealing with complaints, team building, and purposeful writing.
Assessment:While the author has updated her text including new focal areas, she has not neglected the basics in development of critical thinking. This is an excellent introductory text for nursing students. Practicing nurses who want to continue to develop their practice skills for the changing healthcare environment will also find this to be an excellent reference for their professional libraries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721658971
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 190

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Assumptions and Promises 1
Four Ways We Change 1
Ch. 1 Overview: What is Critical Thinking, and Why is it Important? 2
Why Focus on Critical Thinking? 4
How This Book Helps Develop Thinking Skills 4
What's Your Thinking Style, and Why Does It Matter? 5
What's the Difference Between Thinking and Critical Thinking? 7
Critical Thinking: Some Different Definitions 8
Characteristics (Attitudes) of Critical Thinkers 9
Reflection and Insight ("Hemming and Hawing" and "AHA!") 11
What's Familiar and What's New About Critical Thinking 11
Ch. 2 How to Think Critically 18
Factors Influencing Critical Thinking Ability 20
Communicating Effectively 27
Critical Thinking Strategies 28
Critical Thinking Skills 31
Ch. 3 Critical Thinking in Nursing: An Overview 38
What Is Critical Thinking in Nursing? 40
Clinical Judgment (Clinical Reasoning) 45
Ch. 4 Critical Thinking in Nursing: Beyond Clinical Judgment 68
Moral and Ethical Reasoning 70
Nursing Research 74
Teaching Others 77
Teaching Ourselves 79
Test-taking 83
Ch. 5 Practical Critical Thinking Skills 92
I Practicing the Skill: Identifying Assumptions 96
II Practicing the Skill: Identifying an Organized and Comprehensive Approach to Discovery (Assessment) 99
III Practicing the Skill: Checking Accuracy and Reliability of Data (Validation) 111
IV Practicing the Skill: Distinguishing Normal from Abnormal and Identifying Signs and Symptoms 111
V Practicing the Skill: Making Inferences (Drawing Valid Conclusions) 113
VI Practicing the Skill: Clustering Related Cues (Data) 114
VII Practicing the Skill: Distinguishing Relevant from Irrelevant 115
VIII Practicing the Skill: Recognizing Inconsistencies 117
IX Practicing the Skill: Identifying Patterns 119
X Practicing the Skill: Identifying Missing Information 121
XI Practicing the Skill: Identifying Actual and Potential (Risk) Problems/Supporting Conclusions with Evidence 121
XII Practicing the Skill: Setting Priorities 125
XIII Practicing the Skill: Determining Specific, Realistic, Client-Centered Goals (Expected Outcomes) 128
XIV Practicing the Skill: Determining Specific Interventions 130
XV Practicing the Skill: Evaluating and Correcting Our Thinking 132
XVI Practicing the Skill: Developing a Comprehensive Plan/Evaluating and Updating the Plan 133
Response Key 136
Appendix A: Definitions of Critical Thinking 146
Appendix B: What's Your Preferred Learning Style? 147
Appendix C: Improving Writing Through Critical Thinking 150
Appendix D: Examples of: Critical Path, Data Base Assessment Tool, Neurological Focus Assessment Tool, Neurovascular Focus Assessment Tool 154
Appendix E: American Nurses Association Standards for Practice 162
Appendix F Part I: American Nurses Association Code for Nurses 163
Appendix F Part II: A Patient's Bill of Rights 164
Appendix G: A Critical Thinking Model for Nursing Judgment 167
Glossary 177
Bibliography 182
Index 185
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