It is how we view the client and the type of problems we deal with in practice when we engage in client care.
To think like a nurse requires that we learn the content of nursing; the ideas, concepts and theories of nursing and develop our intellectual capacities and skills so that we become disciplined, self-directed, critical thinkers.
Nurses are not focused on the trivial or irrelevant.
Nurses who are critical thinkers hold all their views and reasoning to these standards as well as, the claims of others such that the quality of nurse's thinking improves over time thus eliminating confusion and ambiguity in the presentation and understanding of thoughts and ideas.
To become a professional nurse requires that you learn to think like a nurse.
What makes the thinking of a nurse different from a doctor, a dentist or an engineer?
Critical thinkers strive to be clear, accurate, precise, logical complete, significant and fair when they listen, speak, read and write. Their thinking is adequate for their intended purpose (Paul, Scriven, Norris & Ennis).
All thinking can be examined in light of these standards and as we reflect on the quality of our thinking we begin to recognize when we are being unclear, imprecise, vague or inaccurate.