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Textbook format w/outcomes, pre-tests, summaries, exercises; clinical judgement, communication, strategy. Appropriate for: Undergraduate Nursing Students, Nurses.
Assumptions and Promises
Four Ways We Change
Ch. 1 Overview: What is Critical Thinking, and Why is it Important?
Why Focus on Critical Thinking?
How This Book Helps Develop Thinking Skills
What's Your Thinking Style, and Why Does It Matter?
What's the Difference Between Thinking and Critical Thinking?
Critical Thinking: Some Different Definitions
Characteristics (Attitudes) of Critical Thinkers
Reflection and Insight ("Hemming and Hawing" and "AHA!")
What's Familiar and What's New About Critical Thinking
Ch. 2 How to Think Critically
Factors Influencing Critical Thinking Ability
Critical Thinking Strategies
Critical Thinking Skills
Ch. 3 Critical Thinking in Nursing: An Overview
What Is Critical Thinking in Nursing?
Clinical Judgment (Clinical Reasoning)
Ch. 4 Critical Thinking in Nursing: Beyond Clinical Judgment
Moral and Ethical Reasoning
Ch. 5 Practical Critical Thinking Skills
I Practicing the Skill: Identifying Assumptions
II Practicing the Skill: Identifying an Organized and Comprehensive Approach to Discovery (Assessment)
III Practicing the Skill: Checking Accuracy and Reliability of Data (Validation)
IV Practicing the Skill: Distinguishing Normal from Abnormal and Identifying Signs and Symptoms
V Practicing the Skill: Making Inferences (Drawing Valid Conclusions)
VI Practicing the Skill: Clustering Related Cues (Data)
VII Practicing the Skill: Distinguishing Relevant from Irrelevant
VIII Practicing the Skill: Recognizing Inconsistencies
IX Practicing the Skill: Identifying Patterns
X Practicing the Skill: Identifying Missing Information
XI Practicing the Skill: Identifying Actual and Potential (Risk) Problems/Supporting Conclusions with Evidence
XII Practicing the Skill: Setting Priorities
XIII Practicing the Skill: Determining Specific, Realistic, Client-Centered Goals (Expected Outcomes)
XIV Practicing the Skill: Determining Specific Interventions
XV Practicing the Skill: Evaluating and Correcting Our Thinking
XVI Practicing the Skill: Developing a Comprehensive Plan/Evaluating and Updating the Plan
Appendix A: Definitions of Critical Thinking
Appendix B: What's Your Preferred Learning Style?
Appendix C: Improving Writing Through Critical Thinking
Appendix D: Examples of: Critical Path, Data Base Assessment Tool, Neurological Focus Assessment Tool, Neurovascular Focus Assessment Tool
Appendix E: American Nurses Association Standards for Practice
Appendix F Part I: American Nurses Association Code for Nurses
Appendix F Part II: A Patient's Bill of Rights
Appendix G: A Critical Thinking Model for Nursing Judgment
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