Critical Thinking In Nursing Research

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That leads me to the next aspect of research, and that is how important critical thinking is in nursing which evidently should begin during nursing education. Thus, Boso and Gross (2015) through conducted research in Ghana is exposing perception of educators to critical thinking because truthfully that is where it all begins. Subsequently, the nursing instructors are the one helping to shape new professionals who face evolving and challenging healthcare. Moreover, another obstacle impacting relevance of critical thinking to improve patient care and is a confronting shortage of educators. Consequently, the resolution to this problem is to employ qualified teachers who must have a degree higher from students they are educating and to teach critical…show more content…
Gharib, Zolfaghari, Mojtahedzadeh, Mohammadi, and Gharib (2016) reports that to be successful in e-learning one must have critical thinking abilities to participate in discussions effectively and to engage in focus groups while utilizing resources and depending on instructor's time and guidance. Therefore, well developed and diverse virtual teaching methods provide the results in developing critical thinking as much as in traditional face to face interaction. However, it would be unfair not to mention a positive role of nursing educators who are the primary and initial force in the development of critical thinking skills pertinent to exceptional nursing practice. It is them the teachers who as Colln-Appling and Giuliano (2016) state " are responsible for ensuring that the necessary skills for critical thinking among students are developed and maintained" (p.106). Additionally, since the world is facing a nursing shortage, it would be paramount to equip new nurse with the ability to independently, analytically and reflectively think leading to life-saving decisions. Attributes of Critical Thinking…show more content…
Therefore, the discussion will focus on three aspects which must be present to facilitate effective critical thinking such as knowledge and its application, analysis of information and decision making (Vo Colln- Appling & Giuliano, 2016). First, two types of knowledge used in nursing profession were identified by Paans, Sermeus, Nieweg, Krijnen and van der Schans (2012) as "ready knowledge" which is acquired through education and experience and the second one "obtained using knowledge sources" for example handbooks, protocols, clinical pathways (p. 2). Consequently, the information applied in nursing practice contributes to accurately diagnosing and correspondingly following nursing process. Second, the ability to analyze the data which would determine the course of action in applying critical thinking in everyday practice when a nurse requires a thorough examination of patient-related data from as a fundamental one known as vital signs to more progressively complicated information as lab values, test results, or even more advanced reports related to changing patient condition in critical care setting. Subsequently, one may deduce that through well-developed analytical skills the patient care would reach an exceptional level and underscore the importance of realizing which data could be detrimental
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