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Critical Thinking and Writing in Nursing

Critical Thinking and Writing in Nursing

Fifth Edition (Revised and Updated Edition)
  • Bob Price - Healthcare Education and Training Consultant

May 2021 | 224 pages | Learning Matters

Critical thinking and writing is central to effective nursing practice. Written specifically for nursing students, this book offers practical guidance on what it means to think critically as a nurse and how to apply this to study and practice.  From critically reviewing literature for assessments to evaluating evidence to support decision-making in practice, the book provides a unique framework for developing essential critical skills.

Key features

  • A new chapter on 'Writing the Clinical Case Study', along with new guidance on how to become a successful independent learner, advice on managing information overload, and many more updates and enhancements on the previous edition.
  • Each chapter is mapped to the 2018 NMC standards            
  • Filled with activities and student case studies demonstrating how to apply critical thinking and reflection in practice
  • Innovative approach that introduces the different levels of critical thinking and reflection required of degree level study

Part 1: Understanding thinking, reflecting and writing
Chapter 1: Critical thinking
Chapter 2: Reflecting
Chapter 3: Scholarly writing
Part 2: Critical thinking and reflecting in nursing contexts
Chapter 4: Making sense of lectures
Chapter 5: Making sense of interactive enquiries
Chapter 6: Making clinical placements successful
Chapter 7: Making use of electronic media
Part 3: Expressing critical thought and reflection
Chapter 8: Critiquing evidence-based literature
Chapter 9: Writing the analytical essay
Chapter 10: Writing the reflective essay
Chapter 11: Writing the clinical case study
Chapter 12: Building and using your portfolio of learning

Coming from the Transforming Nursing Practice series, this book follows the same format and structure of its counterparts. However, the level of this book is somewhat elevated. It is not tailored to meet the need of novice student nurses who are just beginning to develop their critical thinking skills, it would be ideal for those looking to delve into more advanced concepts. Individuals seeking a more introductory and accessible resource may find this book challenging.

Ms Charlotte Bone
Nursing, BPP University (Waterloo Campus)
September 5, 2023

A well-structured book with application wider than nursing - I will be putting this forward for addition to the reading list for BSc health and social care.

Mr James Taylor
College of Human & Health Sciences, Swansea University
October 13, 2023

This text should help guide students in developing their critical thinking and writing skills.

Dr Leslie Gelling
Faculty of Health & Social Sciences(Nursing), Bournemouth University
January 29, 2023

It provides good clear information on how to apply critical thinking to assignments, and to the evidence that they need to read up on.

Mr Ingvar Arni Ingvarsson
Health, St Martin's College
August 23, 2022

Assists with Module learning.

Dr Alison Wadey
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, York St John University
December 14, 2022

Relevant, practical, accessible, ideal study guide.

Mrs Jane Fisher
School of Nursing and Caring Sciences, University of Central Lancashire
January 31, 2022

The academic level of the text is too high for the students and does not fully suit the curriculum's content.

Ms Lynn Brown
Healthcare, City of Glasgow College
July 5, 2021

I did not receive this title as a book - so was unable to review this.

Mrs Vanessa Grace Wilson
Nursing (Chesterfield), Derby University
May 23, 2022

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Chapter 7: Making Use of Electronic Media

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