What is different about the thinking of a nurse from a sound engineer or dentist?Mainly it is how the nurse views the patient and the sorts of problems nurses have to deal with in their work.The skills that are most important are: Critical thinking can fail when logic is improperly used.
A nurse could write a nursing diagnosis that reads Coping is ineffective, as can be seen by the inability to cope.’ This just makes the problem into a circle and does not solve it.
Another common illogical thought process is known as appeal to tradition.’ This is what people are doing when they say it’s always been done like this.’ Creative, new approaches are not tried because of tradition. If you think that someone who is alcoholic is a manipulator, you might ignore their complaint that they are anxious or in pain, and miss the signs of delirium tremens.
Always keep these critical thinking attributes in mind in nursing!
Nurses have to get rid of inconsistent, irrelevant and illogical thinking as they think about patient care.
Being closed-minded in nursing is dangerous because it ignores other points of view.
Also ignored is essential input from other experts, as well as patients and families.
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Standard protocols in nursing will work 99% of the time, but what about that 100th time when they don’t work?
That’s when your critical thinking skills can either save or cost a life.