The Best Critical Thinking Book For Nurses

Improves Nursing Skills in Many Areas

Your entire nursing staff can greatly improve their clinical nursing skills in an effective manner with the evidence-based resources provided in Nursing Reference Center Plus.  Resources focus on all areas of clinical nursing skills including technical skills, patient care, nursing communication skills, cultural competency, critical thinking skills and decision-making skills.

Multiple Resources to Improve Nursing Skills

Resources include:

Nursing Practice and Skill Documents

These documents provide an overview of a procedure or skill, the desired outcome, facts, step-by-step instructions, red flags, and information on what needs to be communicated to the patient and the patient’s family. Resources help develop nursing competency, critical thinking skills and communication skills. See a sample Nursing Practice and Skill document.

Skill Competency Checklists

Skill Competency Checklists complement the Nursing Practice and Skill Documents described above. Nurse managers can use the checklists to assess a nurse’s competency in areas including prerequisite skills, preparation, procedure and post-procedural responsibilities. See a sample Skill Competency Checklists document.

Nursing Cultural Competencies

Nurses can learn how to provide culturally competent care to patients of various cultural backgrounds. This information can help your nursing staff communicate effectively with patients and their families and help nurses provide care that is appropriate to the culture and the individual. See a sample Nursing Cultural Competencies document.

Disease and Conditions Quick Lessons

Nurses can improve their nursing competency and knowledge with quick lessons which provide evidence-based summaries of diseases and conditions that map to the nursing workflow. Quick lessons can be accessed for quick reference at the point-of-care and can be used to strengthen nursing skills. See a sample Disease and Conditions Quick Lessons document.

Evidence Based Care Sheets

Evidence Based Care Sheets provide summaries outlining what is known about a disease or condition and the best way to treat the patient. This information can be referenced at the point-of-care, keep nurses up-to-date on the latest evidence and refresh clinical nursing skills. See a sample Evidence Based Care Sheets document.

Continuing Education

Nurses can improve their nursing skills with continuing education modules which provide contact hours. Nurses who successfully complete the modules can obtain CEUs. Read more about continuing education.

Drug Information

Nurses can access drug information containing precautions, side effects, interactions, dosage instructions, potential nursing diagnoses, patient/family teaching and more. Drug information includes Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses and AHFS Drug Information Essentials.

Practice Resources

Nurses can increase their skills with additional resources including practice guidelines, research instrument information and legal cases. Resources also include full text for books covering a wide range of topics including drug information, nursing communication skills, critical thinking skills and more.

Helping today's nursing professional acquire essential critical thinking skills for solving both common and more complex health problems, this innovative and insightful workbook contains 92 real-life cases which address all aspects of nursing care (i.e., assessment, analyzing data, planning care, evaluating benefits and possible consequences of care), and demonstrate the cognitive and affective components that influence critical thinking. Contains an introduction to critical thinking, an historical overview of critical thinking, and an in-depth discussion on the affective and cognitive components of critical thinking. Uses critical thinking language throughout; bases all material on critical thinking theory; and fosters both attitude and cognitive critical thinking within each case. Organizes case studies by major nursing specialties—adult health, community and home-care, maternal-newborn, pediatrics, and mental health nursing—and presents many activities and questions within each case to stimulate critical thinking skills. Includes practice sessions, detailed chapter summaries, and a book/Internet link that provides regularly updated material. For nurses specializing in adult health, community and home-care, maternal-newborn, pediatrics, and mental health.

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