Critical Thinking in the Medical-Surgical Unit: Skills to Assess, Analyze, and Act, Second Edition

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Critical Thinking in the Medical-Surgical Unit:
Skills to Assess, Analyze, and Act, Second Edition

Shelley Cohen, RN, MSN, CEN

Give your nurses the confidence and skills they need to think independently and display high levels of clinical judgment. Critical Thinking in the Medical-Surgical Unit is filled with resources and assessment tools, usable by both new and experienced nurses, to build a culture of critical thinking directed toward the best interests of the patient.

This must-have book will help you:

  • Explain the principles of critical thinking
  • Provide strategies for coaching new graduates
  • Discuss creating and teaching critical thinking classes, from orientation to ongoing nurse development
  • Discuss the important role played by preceptors during orientation of new employees and give strategies for encouraging critical thinking skills


Table of Contents:

  • 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 


Appendix: Additional Tools 

  • Unfolding teaching scenarios for medical-surgical nurses 
  • Medical-surgical unit teachable moments 
  • Critical thinking skills and geriatric patients 
  • Sample agenda 
  • Instructor worksheet—connecting words to spark critical thinking 
  • Worksheet—relationship to critical thinking 
  • Worksheet—vital signs 
  • Worksheet—red flag alerts 
  • Worksheet—relating nursing care to critical thinking 


About the Author

Shelley Cohen, RN, MSN, CEN, is the founder and president of Health Resources Unlimited, a Tennessee-based healthcare education and consulting company (www.hru.net). Through her seminars for nursing professionals, Cohen coaches and educates healthcare workers and leaders across the country to provide the very best in patient care. She frequently presents her work on leadership and triage at national conferences.


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Publish Date: 06/12/2017

ISBN: 978-1-68308-176-0
Page Count: 158
Size: 7x9