The 17 dimensions of critical thinking (10 habits of the mind and 7 critical thinking skills) apply in different ways when using evidence-based practices to improve the quality and safety of nursing care in my clinical setting. To begin with, nurses need critical thinking skills to think about, interpret and act on evidence-based practical thinking enables nurses to effectively use the nursing care elements of diagnosis by considering the contextual perspective, intuition and reflection while seeking information, applying logic and transforming knowledge in the evidence-based practices (Papathanasiou, 2014).
Further, the nurses use the same critical thinking skills and habits to use evidence-based practices to identify appropriate outcomes and interventions thereby improving the quality and safety of nursing care. This implies that critical thinking enable nurses to think through evidence-based practices and the benefits they have to offer patients when it comes to the quality and safety of health care.
Secondly, nurses have to use the 17 dimension of critical thinking to function well and effectively deliver the best nursing care in a variety of contexts or environments. Sometimes, the clinical situation might be very complex in that a nurse might have never experienced such a complex situation before. However, by applying the critical thinking skills, the nurse can use his or her creativity, intuition and intellectual integrity to use evidence-based practices to achieve a desirable patient outcome in terms of quality and safety (Lunney, 2008).
Nurses also use their critical thinking skills to predict possible diagnosis and the desired outcome from clusters of cues while prioritizing interventions from evidence-based practices. Nurses do so using their critical thinking abilities, clinical experience and prior knowledge. Perseverance and reflection are also needed when a nurse has to make more difficult predictions (Wilkinson, 2007).