Critical thinkers in nursing are truth seekers and demonstrate open-mindedness and tolerance for others' views with constant sensitivity to the possibility of their own bias.
Nurse's who are critical thinkers value intellectually challenging situations and are self-confident in their well reasoned thoughts.
I need to be able to follow the author's lines of formulated thought and the inferences which lead to a particular conclusion.
I need to understand the implications and consequences of the author's thinking.
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.
As I come to understand the author in-depth I will also begin to recognize the strength and weakness of his reasoning.
I will be able to offer my perspective on the subject at hand with a clear understanding of how the author would respond to my ideas on the subject.
Finally, I must use intellectual standards to evaluate my thinking and the thinking of others on a given problem such that I can come to a defensible, well reasoned view of the problem and therefore, know what to believe or do in a given circumstance.
To do this I must be committed to developing my mind as a self-directed, independent critical thinker.