Practitioners in nursing who are critical thinkers value and adhere to intellectual standards.
Critical thinkers strive to be clear, accurate, precise, logical complete, significant and fair when they listen, speak, read and write. Their thinking is adequate for their intended purpose (Paul, Scriven, Norris & Ennis).
All thinking can be examined in light of these standards and as we reflect on the quality of our thinking we begin to recognize when we are being unclear, imprecise, vague or inaccurate.
As nurses, we want to eliminate irrelevant, inconsistent and illogical thoughts as we reason about client care.
Nurses who are critical thinkers hold all their views and reasoning to these standards as well as, the claims of others such that the quality of nurse's thinking improves over time thus eliminating confusion and ambiguity in the presentation and understanding of thoughts and ideas.
Reasoning in nursing involves eight elements of thought.This article intends to describe how critical thinking of learners can be facilitated or infused in clinical nursing education using the identified core cognitive critical thinking skills, their related sub-skills and the affective dispositions.The desire of the researcher to apply these critical thinking skills in clinical nursing education was in response to the recommendations made by experts in critical thinking who conducted the Delphi research project about the concept analysis of…An exploratory and descriptive approach was used to describe how critical thinking of learners can be facilitated in clinical nursing education.Since critical thinking can not be facilitated in a vacuum, the author used the theoretical framework of critical thinking identified by critical thinking experts in a Delphi study (Facione, 1990:6, 13) within the nursing process framework (Wilkinson, 19) and other relevant literature to demonstrate how critical thinking can be facilitated were used.Nurses use language to clearly communicate in-depth information that is significant to nursing care.Nurses are not focused on the trivial or irrelevant.Keywords: critical thinking; nursing process; facilitation; clinical nursing education Health SA Gesondheid Vol. Your access to the NCBI website at gov has been temporarily blocked due to a possible misuse/abuse situation involving your site.Content validity of the study is ensured based on the two theoretical frameworks.Recommendations to apply the identified critical thinking skills and the dispositions are made.