Strategies, Techniques, & Approaches to Thinking - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9781455736218

Strategies, Techniques, & Approaches to Thinking

4th Edition

Critical Thinking Cases in Nursing

Authors: Sandra Luz Castillo Sandra Luz Castillo
eBook ISBN: 9781437706994
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 11th March 2009
Page Count: 280

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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.

Key Features

  • Includes over 80 progressive cases that build as complications occur and encourage critical thinking skills in the clinical setting.
  • Case studies address important issues in current practice, including leadership and delegation, pharmacology, culture, bioterrorism, and environmental disasters.
  • Review questions reinforce case study applications and prepare you for test taking.
  • Includes evaluation learning activities that cover topics such as drug therapy, decision-making, and priority setting to help you apply critical thinking skills.

Table of Contents

Section One – Cognitive-Building Critical Thinking Activities

Professional Nursing Practice

Vital Signs




Blood Pressure

Body Mechanics


Infection Control/Transmission of Organisms

Skin Integrity


Reporting Patient Status

Introduction to the Assessment Process

Basic Physical Assessment



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 T


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About the Author

Sandra Luz Castillo

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of the Nursing Program, Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, California

Sandra Luz Castillo

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of the Nursing Program, Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, California