Recognizing these symptoms alerts the nurse that something out of the ordinary is happening.
She puts this information together with the patient's medical history and starts to suspect renewed drug abuse.
Imagine if you never gave any situation any consideration or critical thought, such as if your car broke down, or your child started crying, or your coworkers misplaced something important.
You wouldn't be very self-sufficient, self-improving, helpful, or successful!
Imagine that a nurse is working on an outpatient basis with a patient who has a history of opioid abuse, though the patient has been sober for several months.
In this example, you will see how critical thinking helps the nurse interpret what is now happening for the patient, thus getting the patient necessary help.
Typically, this would be communication between nurses or doctors about the issue.
Failure to communicate can completely destroy the entire critical thinking process.
By using critical thinking people and businesses are able to maintain a productive work environment.
Even individual adults and children can benefit from critical thinking in their daily lives.