Posted: October 27th, 2023

Effective critical thinking in your clinical practice area

Teachers of critical thinking methods often advocate general “tools of the trade” to promote effective practices. Among these tools are reading, analysis, and debate. In effect, these tools represent foundational nursing practices of interprofessional collaboration and evidence-based practice. This offers nurse educators yet another reason to advance such practices. Doing so not only promotes best practices of specialty nursing but prepares nurses to think critically as they solve problems.

For this Discussion, you will examine strategies that promote effective critical thinking in clinical practice.


Required Readings

Safety and Quality of Care Resources

To prepare:

  • Review the Walton article, “Are You in Congestive Nursing Failure? Legal Issues, Critical Thinking, and the Impact on Practice,” found in this week’s Learning Resources. As you review, consider the strategies the author presents that promote critical thinking, including:
  • knowledge work
  • self-talk
  • schema search
  • prototype identification
  • hypothesizing
  • if-then thinking
  • comparative analysis
  • juxtaposing
  • reflexive comparison
  • reframing
  • reflection check
  • From the list, select two strategies you most commonly use to employ effective critical thinking in the clinical practice arena.

Post and describe the two strategies you selected that you commonly use to employ effective critical thinking in the clinical practice area or your practicum experience. Provide an example from your practicum experience of each strategy and your analysis of this strategy. Explain how you know that the strategy is successful. Be specific.

Use the Learning Resources and/or the best available evidence from current literature to support your explanation.

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