Critical Thinking in Long-Term Care Nursing, Second Edition

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Critical Thinking in Long-Term Care Nursing, Second Edition

Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN

Resident outcomes have come under growing scrutiny, both through new quality measures and the overall star rating. Nurses are the frontline staff who engage with residents daily, and it’s crucial for them to understand how to apply critical thinking. When caring for residents and creating documentation, critical thinking can improve facility and resident outcomes while reducing medical errors, which will ultimately lead to more accurate reimbursement.

Raise the standard of professional nursing practice and teach clinical care providers how to function at a higher level by developing their critical thinking abilities.Critical Thinking in Long-Term Care Nursing, Second Edition, provides nurse managers and educators with accessible ways to teach these valuable skills to their staff.

This easy-to-read resource explains the principles of critical thinking and how to encourage nurses to use critical thinking methods. Author Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, provides guidance on how to lead classroom sessions for new graduates and experienced nurses to develop critical thinking skills, including classroom processes and learning strategies. The book includes handouts to supplement classroom training.

Who should read this book?

  • Nursing home administrators
  • MDS coordinators
  • Directors of nursing
  • Charge nurses
  • Frontline staff involved in care planning
  • Other clinical managers


This book will help you:

  • Identify key aspects of critical thinking
  • Explain how nurses develop competency in critical thinking
  • Determine classroom strategies to teach, promote, and support the development of critical thinking
  • Determine ways to evaluate nurses’ progress in critical thinking throughout orientation
  • Develop strategies for the development of critical thinking skills during the orientation process
  • Discuss the role played by managers and educators in promoting environments that support critical thinking
  • Analyze the challenges that both new and experienced nurses face when incorporating critical thinking skills in the practice setting
  • Explain interventions to help new and experienced nurses meet their managers’ and preceptors’ expectations for critical thinking
  • Understand the new quality measures and how nurses’ actions and documentation affect a facility’s star ratings
  • Educate staff by developing a culture of critical thinking
  • Coach new nurse graduates through bad resident outcomes by setting expectations
  • Encourage experienced staff to continually apply critical thinking
  • Apply critical thinking to nursing and documentation to improve resident outcomes


This book provides nurse managers and educators with easy ways to teach critical thinking to their staff, including customizable resources specific to long-term care, such as:

  • Assessment tools
  • Worksheets
  • Sample questions
  • Case studies


What’s New?

Developing a culture of critical thinking in nursing is crucial in today’s long-term care industry. Resident outcomes have come under growing scrutiny, both through surveys (new quality measures) and overall star ratings. Nurses are the frontline staff that engage with residents daily, and they need to understand how to apply critical thinking to nursing. Critical thinking during documentation can improve outcomes in their facility, which will ultimately lead to accurate reimbursement. This update will cover the new quality measures and discuss how nurses’ actions and documentation affect the facility’s star ratings.

About the Author:

Shelley Cohen, RN, BS, CEN, is the founder and president of Health Resources Unlimited, a Tennessee-based healthcare education and consulting company. Through her seminars for nursing professionals, Cohen coaches and educates healthcare workers and leaders across the country to provide the very best in resident care. She coauthored the book A Practical Guide to Recruitment and Retention: Skills for Nurse Managers, also published by HCPro.


Published: May 30, 2017

Page Count: 146
Dimensions: 8 1/2 X 11 Perfect
ISBN: 978-1-68308-563-8

 

Table of Contents


  • Introduction: Critical Thinking in the Long-Term Care Setting
  • Chapter 1: Defining Critical Thinking
  • Chapter 2: New Graduate Nurses and Critical Thinking
  • Chapter 3: The Critical Thinking Classroom
  • Chapter 4: Orientation: Bringing Critical Thinking to the Clinical Environment
  • Chapter 5: Nursing Practice That Promotes and Motivates Critical Thinking
  • Chapter 6: Novice to Expert: Setting Realistic Expectations for Critical Thinking
  • Chapter 7: Applying Critical Thinking to Nursing Documentation
  • Chapter 8: Relating Critical Thinking to Its Higher Purpose
  • Chapter 9: Resources and Tools