In the know: Improve your critical thinking with these three tips

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, June 1, 2009

Most colleges do not offer courses on the topic of "thinking" and we live in a culture that shows very little interest in furthering our cognitive skills. But there are ways to become better at thinking. Just like a professional baseball player, musician, or artist, you will need to practice.

Here are three strategies for you to use to improve your critical thinking:

  1. Clarify your thinking. Summarize in your own words what others have said.
  2. Stick to the point. Look out for fragmented thinking, or thinking that leaps about with no logical connection.
  3. Value questions. Listen to how your patients ask questions, when they ask questions, and when they do not ask questions. You must also ask questions in order to understand and effectively deal with your environment. A well-cultivated critical thinker in nursing is able to both raise vital questions and formulate them clearly.

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