CriticalThinking, Reading, and Analysis

CriticalThinking, Reading, and Analysis

Criticalthinking is an essential tool in nursing. Critical thinking fordecision making in nursing can be defined as the ability to think inan organized and logical manner with openness to critique and reflecton the reasoning procedure used to guarantee safe nursing activitiesand provide quality care to patients. Critical thinking and nursecompetence have a very strong relationship. Critical thinking entailsidentifying an issue, thinking of the best solution to the issue andchoosing the most appropriate method of reaching the chosen solution.Through this process of thinking critically, nurses exhibit highlevel of competence in their routine operations (Chang,Chang, Kuo, Yang &amp Chou, 2011).As a result, this improves their confidence in interacting withpatients and most importantly enhances the quality of care given totheir clients. Even though nurses acquire different practical skillsthat they need to accomplish their day to day activities, without theability to think critically, these skills are useless. As such, thecompetence of a nurse is directly dependent on his or her criticalthinking ability and not on his scholarly acquired skills alone.

Clinicalcompetence is no doubt embedded in the ability to think critically.Whereas critical thinking can be an inborn thing, nursing studentscan learn these skills through their day to day practices (May,Edell, Butell, Doughty &amp Langford, 1999).For instance, a nurse may be able to flawlessly dress a wound, butwithout the ability to think quickly, act and reflect on previous andexpected outcome, efficiency or competence may not be realized(Ruesink, 2015). Critical thinking skills are thus essential innursing profession and should be applied at all times. As a scholarand a practicing nurse, one must focus on enhancing his or hercritical thinking skills to improve competence while acquiringscholarly knowledge.

Additionally,critical thinking is a skill that is not only critical in enhancingthe competence of a nurse, but is an aspect that most sponsors lookwhen considering an individual for a scholarship. For instance, anurse student who shows critical thinking abilities and clinicalcompetence stands a better chance of acquiring a scholarship than theone who demonstrates poor critical thinking and clinical competence.Essentially, the three aspects are coherently intertwined.


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