Critical thinking is considered as an important concept in nursing. The role of critical thinking is defined by different authors in different styles. The perspective of critical thinking in nursing plays different roles ranging from diagnoses to analysis of patients’ conditions. This paper aims to analyze two articles relating to this topic. The first article is titled as “Critical thinking and accuracy of nurses diagnoses”. The second article is “The theory of critical thinking of nursing”.
Although both articles carry useful information it is not justifiable to ignore the distinct perspectives and methodologies used by the authors. The article “Critical thinking and accuracy of nurses diagnoses” is much lengthy and carries more in-depth analysis, whereas, the article “The theory of critical thinking of nursing” is not that wordy but contains facts and clearly prove the claims by giving evidences.
The article “Critical thinking and accuracy of nurses diagnoses” is designed in a way to incorporate both empirical and theoretical literature available. The information flows in a way that explains all necessary concepts related to the issue. The article first describes the relationship between critical thinking and diagnostic accuracy. It is evident that nurses are aimed to achieve diagnostic accuracy. Flawed diagnoses may end up creating complex and unavoidable circumstances both for the patients and nursing staff. In order to clarify the problems that may arise as a result of wrong interpretation, the article include a few case studies where wrong interpretation of signs and symptoms created troublesome situations. There are some overlapping symptoms which require a higher level of critical thinking for more accurate diagnoses. This article involves a table to provide examples of those overlapping symptoms.
The study further illuminates the concepts of cognitive fluency, flexibility and elaboration. The