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Critical Thinking And Clinical Reasoning

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1. A cognitive process that includes creativity - problem solving - and decision making.

2. Seeing something clearly without bias or judgment.

3. Abstract ideas or mental images of phenomena or reality.

4. The understanding or learning of things without the conscious use of reasoning.

5. Thinking that is both coherent and logical and can be inductive or deductive.

6. Formalized - logical - systematic approaches to solving problems.

7. Taking something for granted or making a logical leap to reach a conclusion without proof - resulting in a conclusion that may be true or false.

8. The potential to contribute to nursing science by enhancing client care - testing or generating a theory - or resolving a day-to-day clinical problem.

9. Analysis of data to reach a specific conclusion; a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something.

10. How close data measurements are to their true value.

11. Accuracy as reflected by the ability to reproduce the same outcome.

12. How strongly something relates to the matter at hand.

13. Interpretations or conclusions made based on cues or observed data.

14. A set of questions one can apply to a particular situation or idea to determine essential information and ideas and discard superfluous information and ideas.

15. Making specific observations from a generalization.

16. Considering all relevant aspects of collected data about a client to reach a decision about the meaning of the data and the proper response.

17. Ending or end point; the final decision - determination - or result.

18. Thinking that results in the development of new ideas and products.

19. The thinking process that allows nurses to logically draw conclusions and make a clinical judgment.

20. Correct reasoning using inductive or deductive thinking in order to reach a conclusion or judgment.

21. The process of establishing criteria by which alternative courses of action are developed and selected.

22. Making generalizations from specific data.

23. Process of thinking that results in reasonable - rational thoughts - involving clarity - accuracy - relevance - logicalness - breadth - precision - significance - completeness - fairness - and depth.