Strategies, Techniques, & Approaches to Thinking

Critical Thinking Cases in Nursing

By

  • Sandra Luz Castillo, EdD, RN, Director of the Nursing Program, Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, California
  • Sandra Luz Castillo, EdD, RN, Director of the Nursing Program, Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, California

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.
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Book information

  • Published: March 2009
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-3621-8


Table of 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