Critical Thinking: you have it or you don't. Agree or disagree?
- 3I was told during my brief stint working med surg that you either have critical thinking or you don't. Thoughts?
- 33Jan 5, '13 by RNperdiemI 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.
- 15Jan 5, '13 by OnlybyHisgraceRNI think critical thinking comes with time, experience and confidence. I haven't met any brand new nurse that was able to critically think as an experienced nurse would right out of nursing school.
I do believe some people are cut out to be nurses and some are not.
- 14Jan 5, '13 by workingharderI don't think there is a standard definition of "critical thinking", so I'll give my definition. In my world, critical thinking is not innate but, rather a learned system to process information to reach a reasonable and logical conclusion.This ability is gained by education, instruction, and (mostly) by experience. Most people, I believe, are born with the ability to learn critical thinking. The ability to put two and two together, or assemble the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
We all use critical thinking in our daily lives to some extent. Whether driving a car, building a boat, or setting a budget. In the nursing profession, we learn to watch a patient's behavior, V/S, and reactions to drugs. Few people ( I would guess) enter nursing school with the assumption that they will be guarding against physician errors. Yet, every time we receive a new order that is exactly what we do. We learn this trait by education and experience.
Some of us, no doubt, never attain the breakthrough point where we are able to deduce what is going on internally with our patients. This doesn't mean that they are lacking in the ability to use critical thinking, only that partition of it that relates to nursing.
- 1My experience with patient care relating to critical thinking has drawn together through various experience in long term care, EMS and a little med surg. Surprised to hear the nursing manager speak to the fact that you either have critical thinking or you don't. Mind you this person has only been a nurse for 5 years and only worked that floor in the hospital.
- 17Jan 5, '13 by NurseCardAfter two years of nursing school and almost 10 years as an RN,
I STILL don't know the exact definition of "critical thinking". Sad, huh?
In my opinion, it involves a lot of common sense. Something that
indeed, a lot of people simply do not have. Take my mother in law,
Take my mother in law, please!! (ba-da-bum!)