So, I surfed the Internet using critical thinking as my search term, characteristics of critical thinking in nursing I was overwhelmed. For nurses, this is not a new trend.
Without even being aware of it, half the time, nurses critically think their way through every day. The thinking process that guides nursing practice must be organized, purposeful and disciplined because nursing decisions often profoundly affect their patients’ lives. From the wealth of evidence out there on the web, critical thinking is a big topic. It’s probably too big for just one blog post, so here are seven characteristics of critical thinking to get us started.
Critical thinking is reasonable and rational. Critical thinkers do not jump to conclusions. Critical thinking inspires an attitude of inquiry. A nurse who thinks critically wants to know how the body works and why it responds the way it does to disease, treatment and medications. Critical thinkers are not easily manipulated.