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Critical Thinking and Writing for Nursing Students by Bob Price, Anne Harrington

By Bob Price, Anne Harrington

Serious considering and writing are middle abilities that nursing scholars are anticipated to advance and proof all through their experiences. although, many nursing scholars locate studying to imagine significantly a bit daunting. This ebook is a transparent and functional consultant to assist scholars boost those abilities. The ebook explains what serious considering is and its value inside nursing perform, how one can use those abilities in functional contexts, and the way the coed can show their skills in written shape. all through, the e-book demonstrates the transferable nature of severe pondering and mirrored image from educational contexts to the true perform of nursing.

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You will be asked to write reflective essays, and to develop case studies that explore the quality of care delivered to one or more patients. The very nature of recording reflections in a written account makes them retrospective in nature (we think faster than we can write). Opportunities to reflect in action and with support are much rarer. If you are fortunate, they occur with an experienced practical skills teacher or clinical mentor, who helps you 24 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 51 6 7 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 50 51 2 / Reflecting to rehearse aloud your thinking within a psychologically safe environment (one where a reflective account doesn’t alarm patients) (Price, 2005).

What delights us here is the opportunity to debate what was said and done, and what might have been said or done as an alternative. Behaviour was ‘wise’, ‘foolish’, ‘typical of that character’ or ‘critical to what happened next’. We are all armchair experts! Reflection is certainly a skill that we practise during or after important social encounters, for example a first meeting, a romantic date or a job interview. In this chapter we start first with some distinctions between reflecting on the here and now and on what has gone before.

This is because reflection is itself a part of the curriculum and the ways in which students are expected to learn. 2: Critical thinking (page 25) We suggest that perception plays a major part in healthcare. Patients perceive nurses in particular ways and then carry assumptions about what nursing care will be like. Similarly, we carry our own assumptions about patients and care team colleagues. The point is, however, that perceptions consist of sensory information (what we see, hear or smell) and our interpretation of those sensations.

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