Tuesday Test Tips – 4 Steps to Master Critical Thinking

what's up guys John Hawes here are in founder of NRS ng and today we got another Tuesday test tip today we're talking critical thinking critical thinking I was trying to figure out how to spell that but we're just gonna go with radical thinking if this is a buzz word in a nursing school and I don't want it to intimidate you guys because once you learn the process of critical thinking everything's gonna come to you I think we talked about it so much in nursing school but we never talked about how to do it or what it really means the National Council for Excellence and critical thinking defines critical thinking as the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing applying analyzing and synthesizing information all right so while we're all familiar with decision making in life like what am I going to wear today what am I going to eat today this isn't critical thinking this is just decision-making the ncsbn also states who the ncsbn is who administers the NCLEX they states that since the practice of Nursing requires you to apply knowledge skills and abilities the majority of questions on the NCLEX are written at the cognitive level of apply or higher level of question and these questions by nature require critical thinking so this is why your professors are telling you to critically think yet we don't get a lot of guidance on how to do that so it interesting G we've developed a four-step process for critical thinking it's that simple once you apply this four-step process you're going to be able critically critically think like a master so our four-step process and we have this this cheat sheet this download this PDF guide is how to do this inside the test taking course on in our sng it's free go sign up and take our critical thinking lesson but this four-step process is first you must suspend all judgment second you must collect all information third you must balance all information and fourth make a holistic decision so number one suspend all judgment when you enter a decision especially for requires critical thinking you can't go in with a decision remade it's that simple you must go in saying I have no idea what's going on here and I have to suspend all that judgment so you walk into a patient's room I'm not going in with anything decided yet I'm going in to assess this patient once you go in with that frame of mind you're able to the number to collect all information so you're not saying well there's a diabetic patient there shaking I know exactly what's going on you're saying here's a patient they're shaking I need to collect some information what's their heart rate what's their temperature what's their blood sugar you're collecting all the data that you can find not just the pieces of data that confirmed the decision you already made you're collecting everything here then you must balance all information so balancing means okay I have all this information now in front of me what do I do with it okay heart rates 88 no problem temperatures 98 no problem blood Sugar's 30 oh I gotta go do something with that information you balanced all of it this is the most important right here is this blood sugar now you go and you make a holistic decision diabetic patients when their blood sugar is 30 I have to do something what I got to do I go look at my orders I give that d50 is that simple that's how you critically think we have that cheat sheet I want you guys to use it because it's gonna make a huge difference now here's what happens though as nursing students is we get a little bit of information or even as nurses we get a little bit of information we think I gotta act I'm gonna act right away because I want to be a great nurse that's not the best way to do it let me give you an example from our nursing practice questions this is our huge database of about 5,000 in collect style questions and here's one question that a lot of students get wrong I'm gonna read it to you it says a 56 year old patient has been admitted to the cardiac unit with exacerbation of heart failure symptoms the nurse has given him a nursing diagnosis of decreased cardiac output related to heart failure as evidenced by a poor ejection fraction weakness edema and decreased urinary output which of the following nursing interventions are most important for this situation now here's the problem 42% of students select the wrong answer because they haven't suspended judgment and they're making a decision immediately 42% of students say I'm going to administer an IV fluid bolus to increase urinary output what they're seeing is they have this decreased urinary output they have what was the other one yeah decreased cardiac output decrease urinary output they're like let's give some fluids the problem is guys this is a CHF patient we can't just give this patient a ton of fluids we're going to exacerbate the CHF so by not suspending judgment by not collecting all the data possible we just put this patient 42% of students put this patient in life-threatening condition so you've got to follow these four steps don't just throw the word critical thinking around actually follow this process it's that simple and I promise it'll work for you we have this course we had these cheat sheets inside NRS ng but these tips are gonna help you massively not just a nursery school but on the in cliques and in your life as a nurse and in your general life out on the street all right guys this is another Tuesday test tip on critical thinking I'm John Hawes within our sng go out be your best self today happy nursing

3 thoughts on “Tuesday Test Tips – 4 Steps to Master Critical Thinking”

  1. Steps
    1. Suspend all judgement
    2. Collect ALL information
    3. Balance ALL information
    4. Make a Holistic Decision

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