Creative Thinking In Nursing

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Creative thinking is described in current literature as Problem Based Learning (Thomas, 2010); and Action Learning (Jenkins et al, 2009). “creative thinking is essential to critical thinking” (Clegg, 2008). Creative thinking as “out of the box ideas” that questions the ideology of the art and science of nursing. Creativity is an important element of human endeavour (Cohen, 2002). Individuals need to be allowed to have creative thoughts especially in an environment such as healthcare that is drenched in bureaucracy (Smith, 2007). Creative thinking knows no bounds and is not restricted by possibilities. Creative thinking bridges the gap between what is dreamt and desired goals (Tarhan et al, 2011). Creative thinking can be seen as a prerequisite…show more content…
Managers refer to creative problem solving in order to improve productivity or organisational efficiency. As a personal trait, it is debated whether creative thinking can be learned. However, as a cognitive process, methods can be learned to change the thinking process. Thormann (2007) defines creative thinking as finding ideas, developing alternatives and making decisions by going beyond the routines and the usual. In her opinion, creative thinking can be learned by training creativity and learning about creative methods. Bönsch and Kaiser (2002) defines three components of creative thinking: the intellectual aspect (ability to produce ideas), the motivational aspect (preparedness to think of something new and to articulate these thoughts) and the emotional aspect (courage to think out-of-the-box, to resist pressure to conform, to take…show more content…
There is a significant difference between thinking critically while close reading complex text and thinking creatively while solving a complicated task… Creative thinking is divergent, critical thinking is convergent; whereas creative thinking tries to create something new, critical thinking seeks to assess worth or validity in something that exists; whereas creative thinking is carried on by violating accepted principles, critical thinking is carried on by applying accepted principles. Although creative and critical thinking may very well be different sides of the same coin they are not identical (Beyer, 1987, p.35). The Common Core’s emphasis on text-based thinking at the expense of experiential learning is not in the best interest of students or their future employers. Text may be complex and rigorous but it is a passive, dull, and lifeless way to learn, while activities are a much more dynamic, interactive, and vigorous way to
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