Having sound critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills makes the difference between keeping patients safe and putting them in harm’s way. This educational activity addresses the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for critical thinking and clinical reasoning. It reviews results from key studies and gives strategies for developing the thinking skills needed to function as a 21st century healthcare professional.
The goal of this continuing education program is to help nurses, dietitians, dietary managers, health educators, laboratory professionals, occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and social workers improve their critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the context of your practice
- Identify characteristics and skills that demonstrate critical thinking
- Use specific strategies to improve your critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills as well as those of other healthcare professionals
Content Level: Intermediate
OT Process: Evaluation
OT Process: Intervention, Develop intervention plan & approaches
Professional Issues: OT education, Fieldwork education
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, dietary managers, health educators, laboratory professionals, occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and social workers.
Occupational therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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