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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.