Importance of Critical Thinking in Medical Science Students

Document Type: Original Article

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Faculty of Medical Science, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, México

Abstract

Critical thinking is the process of searching, obtaining, evaluating, analyzing, synthesizing and conceptualizing information as a guide for developing one’s thinking with self-awareness, and the ability to use this information by adding creativity and taking risks. The nursing process has been important to nursing practice for a long time. The nursing process has been used as a problem-solving activity to think about a plan of care as the foundation for professional practice in everyday nursing practice. The nursing process may describe a nursing care plan that provides students with a learning experience that helps them practice critical thinking and decision making skills. The nursing process is seen as a decision making approach that promotes critical thinking in nursing. This process consists of five phases namely: assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation.

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