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How to develop ICU critical thinking skills and move away from being "task" focused

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Hello,

I'm having the same situation and was wandering if you are willing to share your experience with this issue. Where are you now professionally. What did you do? What helped you?

Thank you you very much

Get a medical (not nursing) pocket critical care handbook or phone app and use it at work. Get a good medical critical care textbook and read about your patient's problems and therapy for that day.

Nursing, by and large focuses on the what and when, as is totally appropriate. Medicine focuses on the "why and how". With all of the stuff that nurses have to do, the "why and how" frequently gets left to the folks writing the orders. Start learning about that, and you'll change the way you think about your patient's problems.

Aromatic

Has 3 years experience.

Get a medical (not nursing) pocket critical care handbook or phone app and use it at work. Get a good medical critical care textbook and read about your patient's problems and therapy for that day.

Nursing, by and large focuses on the what and when, as is totally appropriate. Medicine focuses on the "why and how". With all of the stuff that nurses have to do, the "why and how" frequently gets left to the folks writing the orders. Start learning about that, and you'll change the way you think about your patient's problems.

back when i worked as an np in the hospital setting i bought a copy of Massachusetts general hospital critical care review. reading that along with some moderate physiology text would work wonders

they have physiology books for USMLE step 1 that are pretty readable. 300 or so pages of diagrams and explainations. many of the books for medical school exams are more readable than some of the nursing texts i used back in school... some nursing authors i swear with their writing could confuse a top rate physics teacher if they wrote a calc 1 book

rabiamirou, BSN

Specializes in Mother-Baby Pediatrics. Has 3 years experience.

When I give meds I think of why I am giving the med and how it effects the patient.

This is a really good suggestion - its what we did in school - Funny that I have forgotten to do that!