Saundra Lipe, Associate Degree Nursing Professor at Rend Lake College, and Dr. Sharon Beasley, RLC’s Allied Health Division Chair, have collaborated on an innovative nursing textbook called Critical Thinking in Nursing: A Cognitive Skills Workbook.
According to Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, the firm which published the book, it introduces "the thought processes and problem-solving strategies essential for a successful career in nursing."
The book bridges the gap between theory and application by emphasizing real-world subjects such as critical thinking, problem solving, decision making and priority setting. The text emphasizes practical skills, including the process for discussing care with a physician, delegating care and providing care when assigned multiple patients.
Lipe, who has been a nursing professor at Rend Lake College for 25 years, realized changes in nursing state board examinations (NCLEX) would require increased emphasis on critical thinking skills. She looked for a book that would meet her students’ needs but, unable to find one, decided to write her own.
Lipe has always emphasized the importance of using real-world situations in nursing education. She formulated a text that blends nursing theory with case scenarios. Students can evaluate their abilities to use the highlighted cognitive skills through skill checklists which have been developed for the text.
Beasley also contributed to the book. She was a nursing professor at Rend Lake College for 22 years before assuming the position of Allied Health division chair. Beasley has been a reviewer for several nursing textbooks. In addition, she is a facilitator of a curriculum development course for the University of Phoenix Online in their Master’s in Nursing program.
In the past, both authors have written questions for use on the NCLEX state board examinations.
According to Beasley, the book is now being used in Rend Lake College’s Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing programs. She said directors of other nursing programs in the area also have expressed interest in using the text.
Numerous colleagues and friends contributed to the exercises included in the book. Among these individuals are: Rend Lake College faculty members Trish Bennett-Minor, Barbara Crouse, Dorothy Donoho, Bonnie Tolbert and Mike Adamson; Lynn Lenker and Virginia Telford, Chief Nursing Officers of St. Mary’s/ Good Samaritan, Inc.; Kaskaskia College Nursing Instructor Mary Kuhl; as well as Pricella Edwards, Rhonda Edwards and Dale Allen.
The recently published book has been well received in nursing education. Its highly interactive style has proven to be quite user-friendly for nursing students. Copies of the book may be obtained at the Rend Lake College bookstore or B. Dalton Books at Mt. Vernon Times Square Mall, or by contacting Lippincott publishers at LWW.com.
For more information, contact Beasley at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1225, or Lipe at Ext. 1763.