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Critical Thinking TACTICS for Nurses, Third Edition
Achieving the IOM Competencies

Author(s): M. Gaie Rubenfeld, RN, MS, Professor Emerita School of Nursing, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Barbara Scheffer, RN, MS, EdD, Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • ISBN-13: 9781284041385
  • Paperback    382 pages      © 2015
Price: $104.95 US List
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Awarded Second Place in the 2014 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Nursing Education/Continuing Education category!

Doody's Review Service - 5 Stars!

Critical Thinking TACTICS for Nurses: Achieving IOM Competencies, Third Edition is a user-friendly and practical manual focusing on the day-to-day realities of doing, learning, and evaluating critical thinking in nursing. With clear examples of both the parts and the whole of this complex process, each chapter includes action learning activities to promote critical thinking: Tracking, Assessing, and Cultivating Thinking to Improve Competency-based Strategies or TACTICS. Issues addressed include critical thinking language and awareness enhancement, the impact of critical thinking on quality care, mentoring the critical thinking of staff and students, and designing performance criteria for critical thinking.  Based on the authors’ research in both defining and assessing critical thinking in nursing, this text also draws from their years of refining critical thinking teaching and learning methods.

Completely updated and revised, the new edition offers critical thinking components combined with the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) five core competencies: patient-centered care, interdisciplinary team work, evidence-based practice, informatics, and quality improvement. New to this edition are updated case studies, new illustrations, new content on how to facilitate synthesis of high level critical thinking, additional content on critical thinking within the nursing process, increased TACTICS, and new appendices to assist with the assessment of critical thinking.

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Professional Nursing and Clinical Competency courses

Chapter  1  Why Critical Thinking?
Chapter  2  What Is Critical Thinking?
Chapter  3  Who Are the Critical Thinkers?
Chapter  4  Institute of Medicine Competencies as a Context for Thinking:?The How, When, and Where of Critical Thinking
Chapter  5  Critical Thinking, Quality Improvement, and Safety
Chapter  6  Critical Thinking and Patient-Centered Care
Chapter  7  Critical Thinking and Interdisciplinary Teams
Chapter  8  Critical Thinking and Evidence-Based Practice
Chapter  9  Critical Thinking and Informatics
Chapter  10  Assessing Critical Thinking
Chapter  11  Thinking Realities of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

M. Gaie Rubenfeld, RN, MS-Professor Emerita School of Nursing, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Barbara Scheffer, RN, MS, EdD-Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Professors Gaie Rubenfeld and Barbara Scheffer have worked together since 1986 on projects related to critical thinking in nursing. Coming from different backgrounds, they found themselves together at Eastern Michigan University searching for the best methods to teach nursing process, especially its thinking components. Frustrated with the lack of resources for teaching beginning-level BSN students, they wrote a textbook, Critical Thinking in Nursing: An Interactive Approach. Published by Lippincott in 1995, it was the first textbook on critical thinking aimed at beginning level BSN students. Innovative in its use of active learning exercises, it received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award in 1995. A second edition of the text was published in 1999. While continuing to work on these and other critical thinking projects, Professor Scheffer, as part of her doctoral studies in educational Leadership, conducted her dissertation research on nurse educators' perceptions of how they articulated their thinking to students and what factors helped or hindered their thinking.

In 1995, Scheffer and Rubenfeld started a Delphi study to find a consensus statement on critical thinking in nursing. That 3-year project provided the first research-based definition of the dimensions in nursing. The results, published in the Journal of Nursing Education, November 2000, provoked national and international interest in their work. Based on the validity of that research, the authors, along with a methodological expert colleague, Dr. George Allen, created and tested a cost effective protocol for reliably assessing critical thinking in nursing (published in the Journal of Professional Nursing, January-February 2004).

Rubenfeld and Scheffer have presented numerous papers and workshops on teaching critical thinking and have several publications on the topic, the most recent being a book chapter, "Critical Thinking: What is it and how do we teach it?" in Dochterman and Grace's Current Issues in Nursing, Sixth Edition (2001).

Rubenfeld and Scheffer have drawn on their research and expertise in teaching and practice to synthesize the components of critical thinking in nursing with the Institute of Medicine's five competencies (patient-centered care, interdisciplinary teamwork, evidence-based practice, informatics, and quality improvement) to provide this cutting edge text for nurse clinicians and educators. Their skill in writing common-sense information in a humorous style make this text both enjoyable to read and invaluable in promoting critical thinking in nursing practice and education.

  • “This book takes a novel approach to describing critical thinking and evidence-based practice as it applies to a real-world setting, with a number of excellent examples, reflective exercises, and thought-provoking questions. [It is] an interesting addition to the literature on the concept of critical thinking. So often, critical thinking is used as a buzz word without any practical content behind it. This book effectively incorporates the concept of critical thinking and demonstrates how to use this idea in a real world setting. I look forward to implementing some of these ideas.” - Cynthia Lee Cummings, RN, MSN, EdD, University of North Florida Brooks College of Health, Doody’s Review Service, Rating: 5 Stars

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