Critical Analysis of a Personal Experience

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Critical Analysis of a Personal Experience in Nursing
Susan Main
Faculty of Nursing
University of Manitoba

November 17, 2010
NURS 3430
Ruth Dean
Nurses must think critically when making decisions in their daily practice to provide effective care in our health care environment. Critical thinking begins by asking questions about any situation. In this paper I will describe my most memorable experience in nursing and then I will conduct a critical thinking analysis using the “IDEALS” framework from Facione (2010). The “IDEALS” framework is devised of six questions for effective critical thinking and problem-solving. These include identifying the problem, defining the context, enumerate choices, analyzing, reasoning, and then self-correcting ourself. These questions will be used to examine my personal experience in a critical manner. Personal ExperienceMy most memorable experience in nursing happened while I was working in dialysis at the Health Sciences Center. We had a patient who was born almost completely deaf, however if you shouted in his ears sometimes he would hear you. He was approximately 40 years old. Last year, he also went blind; fortunately, he had learned to communicate through speech and American Sign Language (ASL). This patient would arrive for his dialysis treatment with an interpreter, who would tell us of any concerns. The interpreter would then leave the patient alone for 4 hours. On this particular day the patient was crying when I walked into his room to get a report from his primary nurse. I was there to provide coffee relief for this nurse so I asked him, “Why is the patient crying?” I thought the patient perhaps was in pain. The nurse did not know why he was crying and said, “The patient did not want to be here today and wanted to leave”. The nurse and I walked out of the room and we agreed that I would try to find out what was wrong,...
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