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- Jul 8, '12 by demylenatedPeople make such a big deal over critical thinking. Instructors try and scare you with those two words... I'll give you a little reassurance... Critical thinking is no more than common sense. Once you learn the nursing process, you will be able to use COMMON SENSE to apply it to taking care of your patients...
Basically it is no more difficult than preparing a Thanksgiving dinner. You have to measure the time it takes to cook each of the things, and how much to serve. Then you start each side according to how long it will take so that everything finishes at about the same time.
Only difference is, it applies to medical and patient care, which you learn in school. Don't make "Critical Thinking" more than it is. Don't let it psych you out... there is enough to nursing school to freak out about.
- Jul 8, '12 by StephalumpI've been dealing with that type of testing in my pharm class, and I haven't found them to be life-changingly difficult. What I've found is that they force me to know my stuff. None of the BSing, bold word studying that I'm so excellent at. Gotta know the who, what, where, when, and why, and then the answers come easily.
The benefit is that rote memorization isn't necessary. You can find 1,000 ways/sources to learn information and they'll all help you, versis staying up all night attempting to memorize every single word in your textbook Pros and cons.
Basically, if you really know how the competed puzzle is supposed to work, you should be able to put it back together, no matter how they scramble the piecesLast edit by Stephalump on Jul 8, '12
- Jul 8, '12 by CBLNurse2BeMade thats a good thing, because I'm one of those people who want to see/know the WHOLE picture of problem. I don't want to be told "so and so works this way.." I want to know WHY it works that way and I have to be able to see/know the whole thing to be able to fully understand it. I'm probably just way too inquisitive for my own good..
- Jul 8, '12 by CBLNurse2BeMaybe** I'm on my phone.. Excuse typos please.
- Jul 8, '12 by champagnesupeRNovaDon't worry guys and gals! Critical thinking is nothing more than just reasoning (and common sense like the poster above stated). If you can look at answer choices and reason them out --as in, go through each one and determine why it might be right or wrong--you will do fine in a nursing program. It also involves applying knowledge you have learned, which is nothing more than just using that knowledge to reason out answers.
- Jul 10, '12 by CBLNurse2BeQuote from champagnesupeRNovaThanks!!Don't worry guys and gals! Critical thinking is nothing more than just reasoning (and common sense like the poster above stated). If you can look at answer choices and reason them out --as in, go through each one and determine why it might be right or wrong--you will do fine in a nursing program. It also involves applying knowledge you have learned, which is nothing more than just using that knowledge to reason out answers.
- Jul 11, '12 by BelleNscrubs04For me (& some classmates) the "critical thinking" is the easiest part. If you normally do well at reasoning and standardized tests you'll do fine. This was the thing that most students had the most trouble with though. (all of us answer "reasoners" aren't as good at memorization and found Pharmocology with it's many drugs to memorize more difficult).Those that struggle a bit more with critical thinking tend to be people who are use to acing tests by memorizing and then answering direct questions. It took them a little longer to learn how to study for nursing school tests but a little practice and most can do fine. Get a good NCLEX prep book like Saunders if you're worried about it and practice doing questions that correlate to whatever you're studying.