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ERIC Number: ED354822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 9
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Creating the Thinking Practitioner: Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice.
Heaslip, Penny
This essay looks at training nurses in British Columbia (Canada) to be critical thinkers through the use of nurses' narrative notes of patient care. The paper argues that the registered nurse can use the Nursing Process, a nursing problem solving framework that relies on the nurse's ability to think logically, to critically reflect on care provided and to ensure safe practice. The Process is a five-step thinking framework based on a nursing assessment of patient needs in which subjective and objective data are collected. The data are analyzed, the problem is identified, and plans are created for resolution of the problem. The validity of the goals and the outcomes of the interventions are evaluated in the final step of the process. Each phase should be reflected in the patient care record. Teaching strategies that promote critical thinking skills in nursing students can be designed also as a means to promote self-evaluation. Analytic writing exercises based on the narrative nursing notes written by the student are used to facilitate independent learning. Students who are given opportunities to reflect on the nursing notes they have recorded can begin to recognize the imperfections in their thought processes and eventually to become independent critical thinkers capable of assuring the provision of safe, quality patient care. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada