Define common characteristics of critical thinking by exploring the influence of culture on its definition

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Berkow, S., Virkstis, K., Stewart, J., Aronson, S., & Donohue, M. (2011). Assessing individual frontline nurse critical thinking. Journal of Nursing Administration, 41(4), 168–171. doi:10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182118528.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

The authors of this article developed a tool to assess 25 critical thinking skills deemed necessary for frontline nurses.

Jenkins, S. (2011). Cross-cultural perspectives on critical thinking. Journal of Nursing Education, 50(5), 268–274. doi:10.3928/01484834-20110228-02.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

This article seeks to further define common characteristics of critical thinking by exploring the influence of culture on its definition. They compare nursing students’ perceptions of critical thinking from the United States with Thailand.

Marchigiano, G., Eduljee, N., & Harvey, K. (2011). Developing critical thinking skills from clinical assignments: A pilot study on nursing students’ self-reported perceptions. Journal of Nursing Management, 19(1), 143–152. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2834.2010.01191.x

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

This article examines student experiences in the clinical setting that facilitate the development of critical thinking skills.

Zori, S., Nosek, L. J., & Musil, C. M. (2010). Critical thinking of nurse managers related to staff RNs’ perceptions of the practice environment. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 42(3), 305–313. doi:10.1111/j.1547-5069.2010.01354.x

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

When nurse leaders have strong critical thinking skills, it creates a better work environment for others. This article examines that influence and its impact on patient safety and delivering quality care.

Kaminski, J. (2010). Theory applied to informatics—Novice to expert. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, 5(4). Retrieved from https://cjni.net/journal/?p=967

Kaminski explains the Novice to Expert Theory and its application in nursing practice.

Current Nursing. (2011). Nursing theories: A companion to nursing theories and models: From novice to expert. Retrieved from https://currentnursing.com/nursing_theory/Patricia_Benner_From_Novice_to_Expert.html

This website outlines the Novice to Expert Theory, applied to nursing, by Patricia Benner.

SGNA (n.d.). Expanded content level definitions. Retrieved May 29, 2013 from https://www.sgna.org/ContentLevelDefinitions.aspx

Explore a variety of models of acquisition at this website, including Bennen’s, which was adapted from the Dryefus model.

Walden University. (2012k). Walden University writing center: Critical reading. Retrieved from https://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/454.htm

As you evaluate research articles, or information found on the Internet it is important to read the material with a critical eye. The Walden Writing Center offers many excellent resources and strategies for reading critically.

Walden University Writing Center. (2010). What is critical thinking? Retrieved from https://writingcenter.waldenu.edu/Documents/Scholarly-Writing/Critical_Thinking_(Final).pdf

To prepare:

Review the Learning Resources focusing on critical thinking and Benner’s interpretation of the Novice to Expert theory.

Reflect on how critical thinking is used in clinical practice. How does critical thinking relate to, or support, clinical competence?

What critical thinking strategies do you use to improve your clinical competence and thus move from novice to expert?

Consider the connection between critical thinking, nursing practice, and scholarship.

Post your observations on how critical thinking is used in clinical practice (provide examples); how you employ critical thinking strategies to improve clinical competence; and your thoughts on the connections between critical thinking, scholarship, and practice.


 

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