Week 6 Discussion
Recall your early clinical nursing experiencesâ€”what guided
your decisions? Did you practice nursing â€˜by the bookâ€™? Now, consider how you
make decisions today. How have your clinical experiences fostered a greater
depth of knowledge and critical thinking?
This weekâ€™s Learning Resources explore skill development and
levels of knowledge acquisition based on clinical experience. For example,
Benner suggests that as a nurse gains more experience, knowledge and skill
level increases. Nurses move from novicesâ€”making decisions based on rulesâ€”to
experts who are able to see connections between actions and outcomes using
critical thinking. This Discussion focuses on the role of critical thinking in
nursing practice and the connection between critical thinking, clinical
competence, and scholarship.
Review the Learning Resources focusing on critical thinking
and Bennerâ€™s interpretation of the Novice to Expert theory.
Reflect on how critical thinking is used in clinical
practice. How does critical thinking relate to, or support, clinical
What critical thinking strategies do you use to improve your
clinical competence and thus move from novice to expert?
Consider the connection between critical thinking, nursing
practice, and scholarship.