How Critical Thinking Skills Apply to Healthcare

What is Critical Thinking and Why is it Important?
First, what is critical thinking?

Critical Thinking Includes

  • The skill to draw conclusions.
  • The skill to troubleshoot and problem-solve.
  • The capability to use skills or knowledge in a variety of situations.

Examples of Everyday Critical Thinking

  • Driving
    • Thinking about what steps should to be taken to avoid an accident.
  • Everyday Tasks
    • ¬†Creating a list that gives ability to accomplish every task efficiently and effectively.
  • Cooking or Cleaning
    • Thinking through the process and dealing with issues that might arise. (missing an ingredient needed for a dish or finding out that the vacuum cleaner is broken)

Examples of Work-Related Critical Thinking

  • Customer service
    • Deciding how to deal with a customer who is upset over service or bill to ensure a happy customer.
  • Coworkers
    • Handling a disagreement with another coworker.
  • Supervisor
    • Presenting an issue or proposal to the supervisor.

Examples of Work-Related Critical Thinking Situations

  • If you have worked in customer service then the same critical thinking skills that are used to deal with customers will be used to deal with patients in the medical field.
  • If you have worked in a fast-paced environment requiring prioritizing then you will carry that skill over to the medical field.
The examples listed above are just a few of the items that come to mind where we use critical thinking. We often use critical thinking and do not recognize that we have actually applied this skill. As you work in your career field, you will have so many opportunities to draw conclusions, troubleshoot, or use skills or knowledge in different situations.

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