SAUSALITO, CA (ASRN.ORG) -- Facione (1990) defines Critical Thinking as a purposeful self-regulatory judgment. Halpern (1989) defines it as a purposeful goal directed thinking. Critical Thinking is an essential component of Nursing since a nurse is always, by profession, confronted with complex situations, which demand accurate judgments, clinical decision-making and a continuous learning process. Thus, a critical thinking involves a big process of reasoning....
SAUSALITO, CA (ASRN.ORG) -- According to the latest statistics, male nurses represent just a small fraction of the nursing workforce in the United States (www.highbeam.com). The popular notion that nursing is not for men and admission capacity constraints of Nursing Schools seem to be major obstacles towards bringing more men to the profession.
SAUSALITO, CA (ASRN.ORG) -- There is no doubt that nursing is a profession with the essential ingredients of autonomy and accountability. It is true that the profession demands responsibilities than the past when the principle of a nurse was just to provide care and comfort. Today, a nurse is a client advocate, educator and manager. But little attention has been drawn to assess the real public perception about nurses. Although the patients seem to know better (than the past) about health care and demand more knowledge on their treatment options (Kubler ? Ross, 1969), it is obvious that no common man thinks or does any analysis of a nurse until he needs one or is in a situation where he/she interacts with a nurse as in case of a hospital admission.
SAUSALITO, CA (ASRN.ORG) -- Action research can be defined as a reflective process of problem solving by individuals working with others in teams to improve their professional output to solve problems. It is also a comparative research on the conditions and effects of various forms of social action and research leading to social action that uses a spiral of steps, each of which is composed of a circle of planning, action, and fact-finding about the result of the action (Kurt Lewin,1946).
SAUSALITO, CA (ASRN.ORG) -- The Operating Room nurses have worked alongside surgeons in the operating room (OR) throughout the history of Medical Science. The role of operating room nurses has evolved from performance of mere vocational functions like sterilization of instruments to that of professional functions (Judith Brumm, 2004). Today, the Operating Room nurse enjoys professional autonomy making reasonably independent and self-governing decisions in practice dealing specifically with the human response to life threatening conditions.
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