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

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. 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.

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

14. Seeing something clearly without bias or judgment.

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

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

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

18. Making specific observations from a generalization.

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

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

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

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

23. Making generalizations from specific data.