i think that we are trained to think in a specific way, order, throughout nursing school. ok...mind control, aka critical thinking.
ok, maybe im exaggerating a little bit but i do believe we think differently than most people and i do believe we are trained that way (nursing care plans
here is an example of what i mean spilling over to our "normal" life.
i used to love going to walmart with my fiancee. i could browse the day away. i now get aggitated when we shop because he stops to look at every little thing that is shiny...lol
if i am looking for say a birthday gift, i want to go right to the department and look. i dont want to stop and look at drills, or new electric gadgets. i get angry because its not in my plan and i dont have the time. BUT I DO HAVE THE TIME...not in a hurry, nothing else to do...i just unconsciously devise and carry out a plan TO SHOP FOR GOODNESS SAKE! it took me a while to understand why i was getting so frustrated shopping. (problem, expected outcome, interventions, met or unmet goal) but now that i understand it i can stop myself from doing it.
i guess what i am trying to say is that i find myself likening everything to a care plan. im not setting out to do that, it just happens.
i disagree that critical thinking is common sense. its more than that. its being able to see a whole picture, pick it apart and put it back together. QUICKLY! its finding the black and white inside the grey.
does anyone understand me?
if im not making any sense its because i am working 12's at night and still havent slept.
(no sleep related to shift work; nurse will get at least 8 hours sleep before next shift: get off computer, darken room, put something boring on tv, go to bed, fall asleep)
ill tell you later if the goal was met or unmet...lol
whatever it is now