In some ways critical thinking is blending both past and current knowledge for application. Another facet of it is to ask appropriate questions about how to apply knowledge.
A major part of critical thinking is asking questions. As our critical thinking abilities expand, more and more questions are posed. This is a good thing because it means our minds are open and reasoning and judgment are actively working. Questioning begins in the classroom and then extends into clincal situations. Some examples of critical thinking questions you may ask yourself are:
- What abnormal assessments in this patient match the disease or pathophysiology I am seeing?
- Why am I not seeing evidence of all the symptoms my text outlined?
- How do my patient's symptoms define my nursing actions?
Nursing students- feel free to weigh in on this. In what types of situations is use of critical thinking easy?
Concept mapping does not just take form on paper. It takes place verbally and mentally as you reason through a situation, skill or assessment! Pretty cool, huh?