Applying critical thinking to nursing

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2016.

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Duration: 01:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Qualified Nurses, Students

Author

Bob Price, Healthcare education and practice development consultant, Surrey, England.


Short description

Discover what is meant by the term 'critical thinking' and how it applies to nursing, and students undertaking academic assignments in particular.


Detailed description

Critical thinking and writing are skills that are not easy to acquire. The term 'critical' is used differently in social and clinical contexts. Nursing students need time to master the inquisitive and ruminative aspects of critical thinking that are required in academic environments. This learning module outlines what is meant by critical thinking in academic settings, in relation to both theory and reflective practice. It explains how the focus of a question affects the sort of critical thinking required and offers two taxonomies of learning, to which students can refer when analysing essay requirements. The module concludes with examples of analytical writing in reference to theory and reflective practice.

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