Title

Developing Critical Thinking in the Perioperative Environment

Department

Nursing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2010

Abstract

Critical thinking is considered an essential skill for nurses by many, including major accrediting agencies, health care administrators, and AORN. This is in part because of the environment in which nurses function. Health care, medicine, technology, and nursing are dynamic and constantly changing. The perioperative environment is complex, fast paced, unique, and oftentimes unpredictable. Critical thinking skills enable perioperative nurses to function effectively and evolve in this ever-changing environment. Nursing education programs are mandated to teach critical thinking skills. It is the practice arena, however, that refines, hones, and grows these skills. This article provides an overview of critical thinking in the context of nursing, as well as strategies and interventions designed to teach critical thinking skills.

Journal

AORN Journal

Journal ISSN

0001--2092

Volume

91

Issue

2

First Page

248

Last Page

256

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1016/j.aorn.2009.09.025