The Critical Thinker and Culture

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The Critical Thinker and Culture

R. Steve Terry

American Sentinel University

BSN 43611-A

May 30, 2011

Margaret Lowenthal

Abstract

Using the textbook:

Rubenfeld, M. G. & Scheffer, B.K. (2010). Critical Thinking Tactics

for Nurses: Achieving the IOM Competencies, 2nd Ed. Boston: Jones and Bartlett

Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7637-6584

Using the checklist in Box 3-2, reflect on your culture and how it might affect your critical thinking habits of the mind. Then think of someone you work with who comes from a culture different from yours. Think of a patient from a different culture. How do you think those persons would answer the questions? Introduction: Taken directly from my first paper, “ “.

Thinking as a Critical Thinker

Critical thinking is something we do every day in our nursing jobs, and yet we don't put names to the parts and pieces of just what it is we are doing while making those decisions. Reading the first two chapters of our text book has opened my eyes, not only to what I do on a daily basis, but has given me insight on how to breakdown the process of critical thinking into manageable parts, with definitions for each phase. This breakdown of the process will not only help me in my day-to-day duties but will also help me communicate the process more easily to my peers.

Now what would happen to the critical thinker when you add his or her cultural aspects to the way they put together and analyze their information gathered as that critical thinker? Do you think the influences of one’s upbringing may enhance or impair critical thinking in the nursing field? Let’s start out by investigating my culture of youth where I was born into the Appalachian area of West Virginian.

Appalachian Culture
Appalachian is a land of high mountains and green forests, abundant springs and rivers, varied plants, animal and bird life. Its Cumberland range is big coal mining country....
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