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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: Strategies, Techniques, and Approaches to Thinking: Critical Thinking Cases in Nursing, 3rd Edition by Martinez de Castillo is designed to help students develop the critical thinking skills essential for nursing practice. The book, referred to as a worktext, presents over 80 case studies and patient case scenarios commonly encountered in the clinical setting. A CD-ROM is included. (pp. 266)
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to establish a fundamental knowledge base and offer demonstrations on how critical thinking concepts can be applied to patient case situations. These are very worthy objectives and the author has met them well.
Audience: The intended audience consists of nursing students and the educators who teach them. The author is a credible authority on the subject matter of the book.
Features: Case studies are presented that address issues in current practice such as leadership and delegation, pharmacology, culture, bioterrorism and environmental disasters. Over eighty of the patient cases include progressive cases that build as complications occur. Clinical situations using an intershift report format include relevant and irrelevant information provided to encourage students to analyze and interpret information based on the presenting situation. Also new to this edition are multiple-choice review questions to reinforce case study applications and evaluation learning activities that help students apply critical thinking skills, including topics on working with pharmacology, decision making and priority setting.
Assessment: This 3rd edition includes several new features that enhance the presentation of the content. For example, the CD-ROM includes randomly generated, multiple-choice test questions and answer feedback to provide additional practice in thinking critically and early preparation for the NCLEX examination. The 3rd edition does justify replacement of the previous edition.