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Critical thinking in nursing is an essential component of professional accountability and quality nursing care. Critical thinkers in nursing exhibit these habits of the mind: confidence, contextual perspective, creativity, flexibility, inquisitiveness, intellectual integrity, intuition, open-mindedness, perseverance, and reflection. Critical thinkers in nursing practice the cognitive skills of analyzing, applying standards, discriminating, information seeking, logical reasoning, predicting, and transforming knowledge.
Nurses use a wide range of theoretical and practical knowledge in their work. In recent years they have needed a considerable amount of new knowledge to provide the appropriate level of care for patients.
Nursing knowledge is the means by which the whole purpose of caring for patients is achieved because it underpins what we actually do. Education influences expertise by providing a theoretical and practical knowledge base that can be tested and refined in actual situations