Nursing Critical Thinking Inventory

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1. How do you justify your thinking to someone who questions your conclusions?
2. Do you ever think aloud, or do you wait to speak until you have your ideas firmly in place? Why?
3. In what situations are you easily swayed from your thinking by someone else’s opinion?
Contextual Perspective
1. Describe how you approach an ambiguous situation.
2. How often, and under what circumstances, do you ask questions that start with “But what if…?” or “It depends…?”
3. When you tell a story, do you tend to include background information, or do you keep more strictly to the point? Why?
1. Describe something you did in the past month that required innovation thinking. Why do you think it was innovative?

1. How do you justify
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2. Do you ever think aloud, or do you wait to speak until you have your ideas firmly in place? Why? Speaking aloud to myself is something that helps me organize my thoughts. Thinking about something may sound different once you have say it out load. Thinking aloud enables you to compare. “To compare is to examine similarities and differences among things in the same general category” (Wilkinson 2012, p. 48). Also by speaking aloud you are allowing yourself to reflect and analyze your ideas. Reflection is a habit of the mind described as, “ Contemplation upon a subject, especially one’s assumptions and thinking for the purposes of deeper understanding and self-evaluation” (Scheffer & Rubenfeld 2000, p. 358). Analyzing is a skill defined as, “ Separating or breaking a whole into parts to discover their nature, function and relationships” (Scheffer & Rubenfeld 2000, p. 358). Drawing from
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