Critical Thinking: you have it or you don't. Agree or disagree? - page 9

by LTCnurse11

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I was told during my brief stint working med surg that you either have critical thinking or you don't. Thoughts?... Read More


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    I was asking a friend (a nurse that doesn't come onto allnurses) what she thought about this topic. She said of course I had critical thinking skills. She said to me that I'm the best wife and mom who uses her critical thinking skills everyday, I see the big picture in everything, I see that ever action has a reaction. I was very moved by her words.

    But I don't think those are the same critical thinking skills I use for nursing. It's almost like I use a different set for nursing. For those of you that are spouses and parents, do you feel the same critical thinking skills you use in those roles are comparable to the ones you use as nurses?
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    Quote from proud nurse
    I was asking a friend (a nurse that doesn't come onto allnurses) what she thought about this topic. She said of course I had critical thinking skills. She said to me that I'm the best wife and mom who uses her critical thinking skills everyday, I see the big picture in everything, I see that ever action has a reaction. I was very moved by her words.

    But I don't think those are the same critical thinking skills I use for nursing. It's almost like I use a different set for nursing. For those of you that are spouses and parents, do you feel the same critical thinking skills you use in those roles are comparable to the ones you use as nurses?
    My nursing thought process is different than my parental thought process, but for obvious reasons you can't deliver the same care to patients as to your kids. There is some overlap but a divide in how you think. However, the point is of course seeing the big picture which I think is mandatory in nursing but also in life.
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    How do you kick start or believe in you critical thinking skills?
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    Quote from RNperdiem
    I disagree with most black and white statements like that.
    Life is more of a spectrum.
    New nurses might have a less critical thinking is some situations than a more experienced nurse.
    Critical thinking can be developed and increased in nurses who really want to learn how.
    I graduate in a couple weeks and let me tell ya, my critical thinking is WAY better now than it was as a baby freshman nursing student, and i'm hoping it will continue to improve with experience and practice. I agree that critical thinking is something a person develops over time. :-)
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    Critical thinking doesn't mean having immediate answers; it also means knowing which questions to ask. I do believe that some have more potential than others--part of what makes us who we are.


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