They continually monitor their thinking; questioning and reflecting on the quality of thinking occurring in how they reason about nursing practice.
Sloppy, superficial thinking leads to poor practice.
I must value above all else the intellectual traits and habits of thought that critical thinkers possess.
To develop as a critical thinker one must be motivated to develop the attitudes and dispositions of a fair-minded thinker.
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.
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.
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.