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Hi Everyone! Sorry it has been so long since my last post! Life got a little “wild” … you the know standard student/mum style.
Although i have not been posting much up on the blog lately i have had some ideas going on in the background… which i will reveal in a few weeks once the cogs are back in full motion!
Anyway! I would love to hear from everyone! There where a few new student nurses on the scene when i last posted a blog, going into their first placements, just starting out at uni! Hows it going?
Would love for you guys to spill the beans on your experiences so far! You never know it may just help a newbie out!
Lets Show And Tell!
Hi guys I thought I woud upload my condensed version of how I explain “Critical Thinking”.
Critical thinking will become those extra marks in assignments towards the end of your first year, and the lack of marks if not done well enough towards the end of your second year.
So hear it goes…
The best way someone exlpained it to me was along the lines of…
Think of critical thinking like buying an apartment, you research different apartments and have a good look around each one before you make up your mind on the one you are willing to buy.
- You ask lots of questions
- Compare different features
- Check alternatives… (there may be an apartment with its own pool… For the same price?)
- Evidence facts
- Reasoning (why? How come? What if? … What if i fall in the pool after a drunken night out? If the pool safe? Why doesn’t it have a fence around it?)
- Sceptism, have doubt and dig a little deeper (what if I have to share the pool with the neighbours? We may not get along?)
- knowledge, look at things from a different point of view, we all think differently (this may not be the apartment for you but someone else may love it!)
Make sure to get in this mind set when writing your assignments, is “mrs smiths” point of view valid, or does “mr blogs” have a better point by stating …. This and that?
Make sure you know the difference between critical thinking and descriptive writing!
Descriptive writing: Is what something is, and when it occurs. It doesn’t usually delve deep enough into the information you are trying to provide. It simply just provides a background and hogs up all your word count!
Critical thinking: Is analysing information and evaluating what you have found in order to come to a decision.
“So what?” “Why is this important?”
Discuss why things may have happened, or what the reasons and theories are behind what you have read.
“This is important because”
Try to avoid using the “first person” and use cautious language like “Could possibly offer…”
And end with a reflection…
TaDa… That’s how you do a bit of critical thinking ⭐️
Full blog post coming soon…
In the mean time check out the NMC Code, this is your bible as a student nurse!
I am still learning – Michelangelo