They flex this mental muscle each day they enter the floor.
When you’re faced with decisions that could ultimately mean life or death, the ability to analyze a situation and come to a solution separates the good nurses from the great ones.
– Your young child has been having behavioral problems.
You make an effort to ask various individuals to give feedback on the situation — from other family members and teachers involved in the child’s upbringing to spiritual leaders and counselors.
After executing the plan, critical thinkers reflect on the situation to figure out if it was effective and if it could have been done better.
As you can see, critical thinking is a transferable skill that can be leveraged in several facets of your life. We spoke with several experts to learn why critical thinking skills in nursing are so crucial to the field, the patients and the success of a nurse.
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.
The process includes five steps: assessment, diagnosis, outcomes/planning, implementation and evaluation.
“One of the fundamental principles for developing critical thinking is the nursing process,” Vest says.