Critical Thinking… not as common as we would like to think

“The unexamined life is not worth living, because they realize that many unexamined lives together result in an uncritical, unjust, dangerous world” (Elder, 2007, para. 8) quotes, Sereni-Massinger, J.D., (2015).

Nurses must critically think every day to ensure safe practice.

In nursing, critical thinking for clinical decision-making is the ability to think in a systematic and logical manner with openness to question and reflect on the reasoning process used to ensure safe nursing practice and quality care (Heaslip).

As a Registered Nurses in British Columbia critical thinking is built into our professional standards. Standard 2: Knowledge-based Practice states, “Uses critical thinking when collecting and interpreting data, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care.”

If you think about it, would you want a nurse to blindly perform treatments, give medications or follow directions without critically thinking about the ramifications?

I honestly believe that critical thinking is a skill that takes time to develop and years to perfect. Critical thinking builds such depth into your practice as a nurse I believe that it would do the same for an educator. So as an educator how do I promote critical thinking?

Sereni-Massinger, J.D., (2015) states, “As instructors we tend to teach from our experiences and assumptions, missing opportunities for deep and profound learning by questioning openly our own perspectives and being equally willing to learn from our students.


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