The student nurse was assigned to care for a patient who had abdominal surgery. The main nursing diagnosis was Acute pain. During data collection, the patient stated that she had some abdominal pain, and added that her left calf was sore from all the walking she had been doing. The nurse’s assessment of the patient’s abdomen revealed no abnormalities. However, the patient’s left calf was reddened, edematous, and tender. The nurse notified the primary nurse and documented the findings. Later that day, the patient was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Discuss how the nurse used specific critical thinking skills […]
Discuss critical thinking in nursing as a creative process. For example, instead of merely checking vital signs and recording data in the chart, a nurse who uses critical thinking might observe a change in patient status and be able to anticipate and prevent patient distress by drawing connections in the clinical data and communicating to the staff nurse or physician.
A 72-year-old female is admitted to the nurse’s care for hip replacement surgery after a fall at home. The patient wants to sign herself out of the hospital against medical advice because she is afraid that no one will care for her cat at home. Apply this situation to the nursing process. List all of the steps involved in problem solving and decision making and devise practical solutions to this problem.
6. The component of the nursing process that includes setting the goal is: a) planning. b) the scientific method. c) evaluation. d) patient input. 7) A drawing to illustrate the relationships between ideas is known as a: a) directed activity. b) matrix. c) Venn diagram. d) concept map. 8) Arranging tasks in order of importance is defined as: a) relevance. b) implementing. c) prioritizing. d) critical thinking. 9) Entering patient assessment data on the nursing care plan is a form of _____ communication. a) written b) oral c) critical d) priority 10) After the assessment data are analyzed, an RN […]