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Strategies, Techniques, & Approaches to Thinking

Critical Thinking Cases in Nursing

Designed to help beginning students develop critical thinking skills for nursing practice, this worktext presents over 80 realistic case studies and scenarios commonly encountered in the clinical setting. Using a straightforward approach and a variety of learning methods, it establishes a fundamental knowledge base and reinforces key concepts and principles. Guiding you through the application, analysis, and synthesis of knowledge in clinical situations, you will also learn how to integrate the nursing process as it applies to critical thinking. Covers timely issues such as delegation, prioritization, documentation/charting, and patient safety.

Book, 280 Pages

Published: March 2009

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4557-3621-8

Contents

  • Section One – Cognitive-Building Critical Thinking Activities

    Professional Nursing Practice

    Vital Signs

    Temperature

    Pulse

    Respiration

    Blood Pressure

    Body Mechanics

    Hygiene

    Infection Control/Transmission of Organisms

    Skin Integrity*

    Communication

    Reporting Patient Status*

    Introduction to the Assessment Process

    Basic Physical Assessment

    Documentation*

    Self-Concept

    Cultural Aspects of Nursing

    Introduction to Formulating a Nursing Diagnosis

    Formulating a Nursing Diagnosis

    Assessment of the Elderly Patient

    Caring for the Surgical Patient

    Wound Assessment

    Wound Dressings

    The Patient with Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalance

    Elimination – Urinary

    Elimination – Bowel

    General Nutrition

    Gastrointestinal Tract

    Diabetes Mellitus

    Complication of Diabetes Mellitus

    Insulin Therapy

    Legal Considerations in Nursing Practice

    Review Questions


    Section Two – Priority-Setting and Decision-Making Activities

    Standards of Professional Performance

    The Patient Undergoing Surgery

    The Patient with an Intestinal Obstruction

    The Patient with a Colostomy

    The Patient with Colon Cancer

    The Patient with Total Parenteral Nutrition

    The Patient with Cirrhosis of the Liver

    The Patient with Hepatic Encephalopathy

    The Patient with Diabetes Mellitus

    The Patient Undergoing Hemodialysis

    The Patient with Peripheral Arterial Disease

    The Patient with Chest Pain

    The Patient with Heart Failure*

    The Patient with a Stroke

    The Patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

    The Patient with a Chest Tube

    The Patient with Urosepsis

    The Patient with a Transurethral Resection of the Prostate

    The Patient Receiving a Blood Transfusion

    The Patient with Neutropenia

    The Patient with a Hip Fracture

    The Patient with a Fractured Tibia

    The Patient with Cataract Surgery

    The Patient with a Seizure Disorder

    The Patient with a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order

    Legal Considerations


    Section Three – Applying the Critical Thinking Model

    Clinical Situation #1

    Clinical Situation #2

    Clinical Situation #3

    Clinical Situation #4

    Clinical Situation #5

    Clinical Situation #6

    Clinical Situation #7

    Clinical Situation #8

    Clinical Situation #9*

    Clinical Situation #10

    Clinical Situation #11

    Clinical Situation #12

    Clinical Situation #13

    Clinical Situation #14

    Clinical Situation #15

    Clinical Situation #16

    Clinical Situation #17

    Clinical Situation #18

    Clinical Situation #19

    Clinical Situation #20

    Clinical Situation #21

    Clinical Situation #22


    Section Four – Management and Leadership

    1. Working with Staff

    2. Dealing with Change

    3. Delegation and Problem-Solving

    4. Ethical Dilemma

    5. Professional Performance and Evaluation

    6. Working with a Culturally Diverse Staff


    Section Five – Applying Critical Thinking Skills to Test Questions

    Section Six – Quality Nursing Practice

    1. Situation #1

    2. Situation #2

    3. Situation #3


    Answer Key

    Bibliography

    Appendix A – List of Abbreviations

    Appendix B – List of Words and Phrases Commonly Used in the Book and Their Intended Meaning


    * Continuing case study included on Evolve

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