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Nursing and Health Care

Critical thinking is essential to skilled nursing and is therefore essential to nursing education. It is interesting to note that the ANA (American Nursing Association) Standards have set forth the framework necessary for critical thinking in the application of the “nursing process." Unfortunately this framework can be executed superficially or substantively, as can any such framework. We believe that skilled nursing depends upon a well-reasoned philosophy of nursing rooted in a deep and rich conception of critical thinking.

Intuitive nursing practice (which is still the norm in nursing), when performed automatically, without care, vigilance, and routine critique, can result in many significant negative implications. The student nurse develops intuitive, skillful performance in nursing by first learning the tools of critical thinking, and then routinely applying reflective, critical thought in routine nursing situations. Through this deliberate and disciplined process, student nurses gradually increase their expertise in reasoning as reliable professionals ensuring quality client care. To think critically through the myriad problems and issues in nursing requires command of the elements of thought and the universal intellectual standards. It requires the development, over time, of intellectual traits and dispositions. And it requires understanding the obstacles to critical thought (that result primarily from egocentric and sociocentric thought). 

An Introduction to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools

The following articles focus on a number of foundational concepts in critical thinking and though not specifically focused on nursing education, are nevertheless relevant to all instruction which aims at the development of critical thinking.

Materials for Purchase

There are many materials on our website available for purchase that are relevant to thinking well within any field of study.  From these materials, we have created the Nursing Instruction Bundle, to help you get started with critical thinking.  The materials in this bundle are designed for:

  1. the nursing educator (to better foster substantive critical thinking in the classroom),
  2. the nursing student (to cultivate a nursing philosophy aimed at the use of critical thinking throughout one's nursing career).
  3. the nursing professional (to developing understanding of the critical thinking concepts and tools essential to skilled nursing practice).







Nursing Instruction Bundle

For nursing instruction, we recommend the following materials, most of which focus on the foundations of critical thinking, which will need to be contextualized for nursing education.

•    595M: Analytic Thinking, 2nd edition
•    564M: Clinical Reasoning
•    103B: Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional & Personal Life - Second Edition
•    200S: Laminated Card Set: Critical Thinking for Learners and Educators (set of 6)
•    326DVD: Nursing Series -Critical Thinking and Intuition in Nursing Practice
•    553M: The Art of Socratic Questioning
•    570M: The Human Mind, 4th edition (revised and expanded)
•    520M: The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts & Tools, 7th edition

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