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

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HC Pro, Inc., 2008 - Education - 128 pages
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Raise the standard of professional nursing practice and teach clinical care providers how to function at a higher level by teaching and developing nurses critical thinking abilities.Critical thinking is essential to nurses success

The ability to think critically is crucial to resident care, and reducing medical errors. This book provides nurse managers and educators with accessible and easy ways to teach these valuable skills to their staff.Build confidence and competence through critical thinking

"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. It includes learning strategies, and handouts to supplement the classroom.

"Critical Thinking in Long-Term Care Nursing "is for orientation and beyond, and includes tools and resources for ongoing development.Benefits for both novice and seasoned professional nurses

Learn how to develop a culture of critical thinking, from coaching new grads through bad resident outcomes to encouraging experienced nurses by setting expectations. You also get a CD-ROM with all the book s valuable and completely customizable resources specifically for long-term care such as assessment tools, worksheets, and sample questions.Take a look at the Table of Contents . . .

Introduction: Critical thinking in the long-term care setting
1. Defining critical thinking
2. New graduate nurses and critical thinking
3: The critical thinking classroom
4: Orientation: Bringing critical thinking to the clinical environment
5: Nursing practice that promotes and motivates critical thinking
6: Novice to expert: Setting realistic expectations for critical thinking
7: Applying critical thinking to nursing documentation
8: Relating critical thinking to its higher purpose
9: Resources and tools"


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Defining critical thinking
So what is critical thinking?
New graduate nurses and critical thinking
New graduates levels of development
Identifying worstcase scenarios stereotypes and expected abnormal findings
Ongoing development
The criticalthinking classroom
Setting the stage
Orientation sets criticalthinking expectations
Nursing practice that promotes and motivates critical thinking
Nurse managers and staff educators
Making critical thinking part of the culture
Novice to expert Setting realistic expectations for critical thinking
New graduate nurses
Greatest challenges for new graduate nurses
Experienced nurses

Classroom content
Classroom processes
Instructional approach and style
Orientation Bringing critical thinking to the clinical environment
Beginning with orientation
The role of preceptors
Teachable moments
Handling judgment or action errors during orientation
Measuring critical thinking in daily practice
Applying critical thinking to nursing documentation
Examples of critical writing skills for longterm care nursing
Relating critical thinking to its higher purpose
Resources and tools
Additional sample questions

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About the author:

Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, is the founder and president of health Resources Unlimited, a Tennessee-based healthcare education and consulting company. Through her seminars for nursing professionals, Cohen coaches and educates healthcare workers and leaders across the country to provide the very best in resident care. She coauthored the book"A Practical Guide to Recruitment and Retention: Skills for Nurse Managers, "also published by HCPro.

About the contributing authors

Janie Krechting, BSN, RN, C., MGS, LNHA, is a clinical consultant and assistant professor of Aging Services and Administration at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. She is also the author of the books"Clinically Based Long-Term Care Survey Preparation Guide Manual, Interdisciplinary Care Plans for Long-Term Care, "and the"Quick Guide to Documentation."Krechting s consulting expertise is on OBRA compliance, PPS/RUGS III, MDS/RAI, quality improvement, assessment, documentation, care planning, management, and supervision.

Polly Gerber Zimmermann, RN, MS, MBA, CEN, has been active in emergency and medical-surgical nursing clinical practice for more than 29 years and in nurse educating for more than 10 years. She is a tenured assistant professor in the Department of nursing at the Harry S. Truman College in Chicago.

Kelly A. Goudreau, DSN, RN, CNS-BC, is the director of education at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland, OR. She is a board-certified clinical nurse specialist in adult health and in 2006 was the president of the national Association of Clinical nurse Specialists.

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