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Abstract Critical thinking is defined as the mental process of actively and skillfully perception, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of collected information through observation, experience and communication that leads to a decision for action.
In nursing education there is frequent reference to critical thinking and to the significance that it has in daily clinical nursing practice.
Nursing clinical instructors know that students face difficulties in making decisions related to clinical practice. The main critical thinking skills in which nursing students should be exercised during their studies are critical analysis, introductory and concluding justification, valid conclusion, distinguish of facts and opinions, evaluation the credibility of information sources, clarification of concepts and recognition of conditions.
Specific behaviors are essentials for enhancing critical thinking. Nursing students in order to learn and apply critical thinking should develop independence of thought, fairness, perspicacity in personal and social level, humility, spiritual courage, integrity, perseverance, self-confidence, interest for research and curiosity.
Critical thinking is an essential process for the safe, efficient and skillful nursing practice. The nursing education programs should adopt attitudes that promote critical thinking and mobilize the skills of critical reasoning.
It is an essential process for a safe, efficient and skillful nursing intervention. Critical thinking according to Scriven and Paul is the mental active process and subtle perception, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of information collected or derived from observation, experience, reflection, reasoning or the communication leading to conviction for action 1.
So, nurses must adopt positions that promote critical thinking and refine skills of critical reasoning in order a meaningful assessment of both the previous and the new information and decisions taken daily on hospitalization and use of limited resources, forces you to think and act in cases where there are neither clear answers nor specific procedures and where opposing forces transform decision making in a complex process 2.
Critical thinking applies to nurses as they have diverse multifaceted knowledge to handle the various situations encountered during their shifts still face constant changes in an environment with constant stress of changing conditions and make important decisions using critical thinking to collect and interpret information that are necessary for making a decision 3.
Critical thinking, combined with creativity, refine the result as nurses can find specific solutions to specific problems with creativity taking place where traditional interventions are not effective.
Even with creativity, nurses generate new ideas quickly, get flexible and natural, create original solutions to problems, act independently and with confidence, even under pressure, and demonstrate originality 4. The aim of the study is to present the basic skills of critical thinking, to highlight critical thinking as a essential skill for nursing education and a fundamental skill for decision making in nursing practice.
Moreover to indicate the positive effect and relation that critical thinking has on professional outcomes. These skills include critical analysis, introductory and concluding justification, valid conclusion, distinguishing facts and opinions to assess the credibility of sources of information, clarification of concepts, and recognition conditions 67.
Critical analysis is applied to a set of questions that relate to the event or concept for the determination of important information and ideas and discarding the unnecessary ones.
It is, thus, a set of criteria to rationalize an idea where one must know all the questions but to use the appropriate one in this case 8.
The Socratic Method, where the question and the answer are sought, is a technique in which one can investigate below the surface, recognize and examine the condition, look for the consequences, investigate the multiple data views and distinguish between what one knows and what he simply believes.
This method should be implemented by nurses at the end of their shifts, when reviewing patient history and progress, planning the nursing plan or discussing the treatment of a patient with colleagues 9. The Inference and Concluding justification are two other critical thinking skills, where the justification for inductive generalizations formed from a set of data and observations, which when considered together, specific pieces of information constitute a special interpretation In contrast, the justification is deduced from the general to the specific.
So, the nurse who uses drawing needs categorizes information and defines the problem of the patient based on eradication, nutrition or need protection. In critical thinking, the nurses still distinguish claims based on facts, conclusions, judgments and opinions. The assessment of the reliability of information is an important stage of critical thinking, where the nurse needs to confirm the accuracy of this information by checking other evidence and informants The concepts are ideas and opinions that represent objects in the real world and the importance of them.
Each person has developed its own concepts, where they are nested by others, either based on personal experience or study or other activities. For a clear understanding of the situation of the patient, the nurse and the patient should be in agreement with the importance of concepts.
People also live under certain assumptions. Many believe that people generally have a generous nature, while others believe that it is a human tendency to act in its own interest.
The nurse must believe that life should be considered as invaluable regardless of the condition of the patient, with the patient often believing that quality of life is more important than duration. Nurse and patient, realizing that they can make choices based on these assumptions, can work together for a common acceptable nursing plan Independence of Thought Individuals who apply critical thinking as they mature acquire knowledge and experiences and examine their beliefs under new evidence.
Impartiality Those who apply critical thinking are independent in different ways, based on evidence and not panic or personal and group biases.
The nurse takes into account the views of both the younger and older family members. Perspicacity into Personal and Social Factors Those who are using critical thinking and accept the possibility that their personal prejudices, social pressures and habits could affect their judgment greatly.
So, they try to actively interpret their prejudices whenever they think and decide. Humble Cerebration and Deferral Crisis Humble intellect means to have someone aware of the limits of his own knowledge. So, those who apply critical thinking are willing to admit they do not know something and believe that what we all consider rectum cannot always be true, because new evidence may emerge.
Spiritual Courage The values and beliefs are not always obtained by rationality, meaning opinions that have been researched and proven that are supported by reasons and information. The courage should be true to their new ground in situations where social penalties for incompatibility are strict.In the term critical thinking, the word critical, The ability to critically analyze an argument – to dissect structure and components, thesis and reasons – is essential.
all of which used some form of standardized critical thinking measure to assess the outcome variable. Analyzing an Argument.
Your job will be to examine the claims made and critically assess the logic of the author's position. Points for Analysis. You will analyze the logic of the author's case by evaluating both the use of evidence and the logical connections.
In reading the author's argument. This video shows you how to evaluate arguments in a step-by-step manner: Identify the conclusion and the premises.
Put the argument in standard form. Decide if the argument is deductive or non-deductive. Determine whether the argument succeeds logically. If the argument succeeds logically, assess whether the premises are true. Try to get into the habit of writing critically, by making sure that you read critically, and that you include critique in your writing.
Stringing together of quotes. It can be tempting to string together quotes to support an argument, feeling that the more quotes you include, the stronger your argument.
Arguments appear in many di!erent disciplines for di!erent reasons, but all arguments rely on evidence to make a point, advance an interpretation, or synthesize ﬁndings and support hypotheses. Formulating an argument causes writers to critically assess di!erent viewpoints for their strengths and weaknesses based upon the evidence available.
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