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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This easy to read guide helps nurses learn, apply, and evaluate critical thinking in many settings. The authors "blend the dimensions of critical thinking with the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) five core competencies: quality improvement, patient-centered care, work in interdisciplinary teams, evidence-based practice, and using informatics."
Purpose: The purpose is to bring critical thinking into the real world of healthcare and education through the use of practical examples and activities.
Audience: The audience includes clinicians in many settings, nursing and others, nursing students, and nurse educators.
Features: The 11 chapters cover the who, what, and why of critical thinking. Practice activities in most chapters, labeled "TACTICS," aid readers in reflecting on their personal and professional thinking styles while working on critical thinking exercises. Some of these activities are directed at academics and others are for clinicians.
Assessment: This book is full of information and practical ways to learn, apply, and evaluate critical thinking. Each chapter ends with sections called "Pause and Ponder" and "Reflection Cues," both of which help readers summarize the main ideas. All of the interactive activities make this a valuable resource for educators and clinicians.