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Determination of Critical Thinking Trends of Operating Room Nurses
Serdar Sarıtaş1,Maksude Yıldırım2
1İnönü Üniversitesi, Cerrahi Hastalıkları Hemşireliği, Malatya, Türkiye
2Adıyaman Üniversitesi, Pediatri Hemşireliği, Adıyaman, Türkiye
Objective: An examination of the critical thinking tendencies of nurses working in Turgut Ozal Medical center"s (TOMC) operating room was done descriptively with the aim.

Materials and Methods: 58 nurses working in the Turgut Ozal Medical center"s (TOMC) operating room ,who are umreported and unauthorized?? And voluntarily accepted to participate in the study, were presented. The data were collected between November 2013 and January 2014. Personal data form consisting of 7 questions and California Critical Thinking Tendency Scale were used in data collection. The statistical analysis of the data obtained in this study was evaluated using SPSS 16, calculating frequency, percentage, arithmetic mean and standard deviations.

Results: The vast majority of the nurses participating in this study were consisted of 51.7% nurses between the ages of 18-25. Considering the occupational period of service, the vast majority of the nurses (63.8%) were between 1-5 years in service. In addition to this, it was noticed that 79.3% of nurses had education status and 91.4% of them had knowledge about the concept of critical thinking). 30.2% of nurses have learned the concept of critical thinking from their lessons at the university and 45.3% said that the events they experienced in the business environment affected their critical thinking. According to the critical thinking trend scale, the mean score of analytical thinking was 46.15 ± 5.53, open mindedness score 44.13 ± 9.02, curiosity score 41.77 ± 4.72, self confidence score 30.24 ± 5.18, accuracy analysis ability score 24.74 ± 4.81, systematic score average 23.82 ± 2.95. The California Critical Thinking Tendency Scale average score was found as 210.85.

Conclusion: As a result of this study, it was found that critical thinking of nurses was inadequate due to the adverse effects of working conditions. It is anticipated that the tendency of critical thinking of nurses will increase if the nurses" working hours are kept as 40 hours per week, and the nurses are being educated about their critical thinking. Keywords : Operating room nurse, Critical thinking, Surgery