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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book explores critical thinking and day-to-day nursing practice. It is written in a user-friendly format and contains many boxes, tables, and figures to highlight specific ideas. It focuses on learning, implementing, and evaluating critical thinking in all nursing arenas.
Purpose: The purpose is to bring the topic of critical thinking into the real world and provide concrete activities and examples of how to develop, hone, and evaluate critical thinking of self and others.
Audience: According to the authors, this book is intended for clinicians and educators in various practice and academic settings, and although written from a nursing perspective, appropriate for healthcare professionals in other disciplines.
Features: The authors begin with frequently asked questions about critical thinking in nursing and identify the chapters that respond to each question. The first five chapters identify the who, what, when, where, why, and how of critical thinking. The next five chapters relate critical thinking to five healthcare competencies: patient-centered care, work in interdisciplinary teams, evidenced-based practice, using informatics, and quality improvement. The final chapter identifies ways to assess critical thinking. The book is interspersed with humorous cartoons to keep the reader engaged with the material.
Assessment: This is a very practical and easy to read book loaded with critical thinking examples and reflective activities for both clinicians and educators. Each chapter ends with a section called "Pause and Ponder" which helps the reader summarize the main chapter ideas. It truly gets the reader to think about thinking.