To enhance your understanding of this chapter, try the Student Exercises on the Evolve site at evolve. Almost every encounter a nurse has with a patient is an opportunity for the nurse to assist the patient to a higher level of wellness or comfort. This chapter explores several important and interdependent aspects of thinking and decision making in nursing: critical thinking, the nursing process, and clinical judgment. Chapter opening photo from istockphoto. Educators and philosophers struggled with definitions of critical thinking for several decades. Two decades ago, the American Philosophical Association published an expert consensus statement Box describing critical thinking and attributes of the ideal critical thinker.
Critical Assessment And Intervention Of Critical Care Nursing
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Critical thinking and evidence-based practice
Facione defines Critical Thinking as a purposeful self-regulatory judgment. Halpern defines it as a purposeful goal directed thinking. Critical Thinking is an essential component of Nursing since a nurse is always, by profession, confronted with complex situations, which demand accurate judgments, clinical decision-making and a continuous learning process. Thus, a critical thinking involves a big process of reasoning and problem solving where all judgments and clinical decisions are based on evidence. In this process, there is an active ingredient of intuition, emotional intelligence and reflection.
Nursing intervention is the third step, and considered the core, of the nursing care process. Every nurse knows that this is the phase where the appropriate actions are selected and carried out to provide care for the patient. Rather, it uses rational and critical thinking skills to come up and choose what nursing actions are relevant and significant to help attain positive patient outcomes. It is considered a strategy or planned action to accomplish the desired outcome or goal of a specific situation. Nursing intervention should not be confused with the nursing assessment.