But without the ability to think clearly and make rational decisions, those skills alone won’t get you very far—you need to think critically as well.
“Nurses are faced with decision-making situations in patient care, and each decision they make impacts patient outcomes.
Goudreau, DSN, RN, CNS-BC, when it comes to critical-thinking skills, school is just getting started.
"When we really begin this critical-thinking process, we get these new grads into a position where they can make some good decisions based on actions that are validated through evidence," said Cohen, who is an educator and consultant for Health Resources Unlimited, a company in Hohenwald, TN, that she founded in 1997.
“It needs to be a lived experience in the learning environment.” Nursing students often find that there are multiple correct solutions to a problem.
The key to nursing is to select the “the most correct” solution—one that will be the most efficient and best fit for that particular situation.
Helping new nurses base their actions on evidence New graduates entering the nursing world may breathe a sigh of relief that their classes are done.
But according to Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, and Kelly A.
But there is another important skill that successful nurses share and it’s often over-looked: the ability to think critically.
Identifying a problem, determining the best solution and choosing the most effective method are all parts of the critical thinking process.