Critical Thinking reflection

Critical thinking is difficult to define.  There have been many studies on what critical thinking actually is, as well as what techniques are best used to improve critical thinking in nursing.  I researched how simulation affects critical thinking as well as what is most often used to enhance critical thinking, like case studies and problem based learning.  One word I like that is included on the many definitions of critical thinking is prediction. I feel like good critical thinking enables you to predict outcomes based on what you analyze.  

I most appreciate the ability to utilize more experienced nurses critical thinking skills to learn.  I find myself asking a lot of questions still as a nurse, but I learn better thinking skills every time I work, mostly from other nurses sharing their expertise.  For example, experienced nurses can predict the possible outcomes for a patient who is confused or mentally altered.  They know what is typically normal vs. what is concerning.  They know what interventions to put in place in advance to prevent adverse events.  

What puzzles me the most about critical thinking is the amount of time spent on defining and researching what it even is.  I feel like we have over-complicated it.  I like to keep things simple.  

Characteristics of Leaders

1.       Leadership requires personal mastery – Nurses demonstrate leadership when they show competence and mastery in the tasks they perform. Nurses are deemed competent by means of a license to practice nursing (NLN 2010).

2.       Leadership is about values – Nurses recognize their values and respect others values even when they are different from their own.  Also, nurses need to value their responsibilities. 

3.       Leadership is about service – As a leader you are always serving those you are leading.  It’s also important to be an example of service as a leader, especially as a nurse leader.  

4.       Leadership is about people and relationships – You must maintain good, trusting relationships as a leader in order to gain support and loyalty from those you lead.  

5.       Leadership is contextual – Being contextual means you can see other views and review the context of situations from all angles.  Leaders tend to put out fires and review negative situations and see all sides to maintain fairness.  It’s an important trait for leaders.  

6.       Leadership is about the management of meaning – Leaders need to create meaning in their conversations and assess that understanding has taken place.  

7.       Leadership is about balance – Being a nurse leader you have to balance your time and help between all who need your attention.  It takes prioritizing what task needs to be addressed first. 

8.       Leadership is about continuous learning and improvement – As a leader you have to learn where things are failing and research how to improve them.  The leader has to implement the change as well. 

9.       Leadership is about effective decision making – Leaders have to make decisions with their team, and often need to help the team come to a consensus.  Effective decision making also plays into prioritizing tasks as well.  

10.   Leadership is a political process – Leaders often have to campaign for their ideas and win the support of their followers. 

11.   Leadership is about modeling – Leaders must model the behavior and work ethic they wish to see others on their team do .  

12.   Leadership is about integrity – Leaders have to be honest and forthright with their team.  If something is not working they have to bring up the problems.  If a leader is at fault they should take responsibility.  

DISC personality test

According to the DISC personality test I easily resulted in the Steady category. 

S (Steady)
Most Singaporeans, or Asians fall into this category of personalities. Steady individuals generally thrive supporting a D(dominant) leader and doing the work behind the scenes.

These people are loyal, have good self-control, often good listeners and tend to want to avoid disagreements and conflicts.

They are good in an organization because you need people who can be supportive and loyal in your organization. Not everyone can be the one to receive the honour, not everyone can be the head of a team or an organization, but the S(steady) individuals are usually happy where they are. That’s why S(steady) people are absolutely essential for any team to work.

S(steady) personalities generally work well in support roles like managerial roles or as assistants to heads of departments.

I was not really surprised with the result because because I’ve done personality tests before with similar results.  I know myself pretty well and most of the characteristics are relevant.  

I actually agree with the hypothesis that “Steady” people are better in support roles.  I like to teach and help others, but I think I do better with someone supervising me to go to for help and advice.  

Knowing the results of this test will help me look for positions in support manager roles.  I already know I don’t think I’d do well without someone overseeing me. 

Assessment Reflective journal

My name is Sydney,  I’m going to be adding reflective journal entries for my assessment class in nursing.  I’m working on finishing my BSN and should be done this Spring.  I’m exciting to be finishing, and look forward to adding my insights to this page.  

Reflective Journal for Nursing Leadership

My Name is Sydney Nuttall.  I’m a relatively new graduate of the nursing program at UVU and I’m currently working on the BSN.  I have been working as an RN at Timpanogos Hospital on the med/surg floors trying to learn the ropes and gain some much needed experience.  I will be posting reflective journal entries here as an assignment for my Leadership class.