Critical Thinking in Long-term Care Nursing: Skills to Assess, Analyze, and Act

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HC Pro, Inc., 2008 - Education - 128 pages
Critical Thinking in Long-Term Care Nursing: Skills to Assess, Analyze and Act, is an easy-to-read resource that explains the principles of critical thinking and how to encourage nurses to use critical thinking methods. This essential book covers how to lead classroom sessions for new graduate nurses and experienced nurses to develop critical thinking skills, including successful classroom processes and learning strategies.
 

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Contents

Defining critical thinking
1
So what is critical thinking?
2
New graduate nurses and critical thinking
7
New graduates levels of development
10
Identifying worstcase scenarios stereotypes and expected abnormal findings
13
Ongoing development
15
The criticalthinking classroom
17
Setting the stage
19
Orientation sets criticalthinking expectations
64
Nursing practice that promotes and motivates critical thinking
67
Nurse managers and staff educators
68
Making critical thinking part of the culture
70
Novice to expert Setting realistic expectations for critical thinking
77
New graduate nurses
78
Greatest challenges for new graduate nurses
79
Experienced nurses
82

Classroom content
21
Classroom processes
27
Instructional approach and style
28
Orientation Bringing critical thinking to the clinical environment
49
Beginning with orientation
51
The role of preceptors
54
Teachable moments
57
Handling judgment or action errors during orientation
61
Measuring critical thinking in daily practice
84
Applying critical thinking to nursing documentation
87
Examples of critical writing skills for longterm care nursing
91
Relating critical thinking to its higher purpose
97
Resources and tools
99
Additional sample questions
103
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