Hi AllNurses.com Friends,
Much is said and written about the importance of critical thinking and how it affects the quality of patient care.
Everyone has an opinion:
The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Discussion Forum:
Jo Ann Klein, MS, RN's commentary on "Critical Thinking in Nursing": "What is critical thinking in nursing? Ask a dozen nurses, and you'll get a dozen different answers. Primarily, critical thinking is a method of problem solving requiring reflective thinking. It is built on an individual's ideals and value system, and is purposeful and goal-directed with the intention of making decisions."
Academic medical center nursing director:
We have a tool to evaluate critical thinking in our new hires.
Competency training participant:
It's just common sense - doesn't everyone do that?
But . . . . in the last 12 months, two almost-identical tragic events occurred in the same ICU area . . . in both cases, 4-5 doctors and nurses made flawed assumptions (e.g., ok to ignore alarming equipment because it must be broken).
Sure, everyone knows that theory and reality are worlds apart. Okay - but surely there's a solution? Or, at least a workaround?
So, what do YOU think? I can use help! Thank you!