Charge Nurse: Critical Thinking for RNs


Critical thinking is central to effective task management and decision making in high-risk situations. The class reviews how active assessment and analysis of information can help improve quality of thinking and discusses the key principles and barriers to thinking critically. The course also covers the application of critical thinking through nursing processes to help staff arrive at appropriate decisions and conclusions. 


Following this course, the student will be able to:

  • Define critical thinking. 
  • Express insight to analyzing, reasoning and evaluating problems. 
  • Explain intellectual standards. 
  • Recognize barriers to the application of critical thinking in nursing. 
  • Identify the the application of critical thinking in nursing practice. 
  • Discuss feeling, vision and examination models. 


Mark Kaliher, RN, has been teaching Flex Ed for more than three years. Kaliher is formally trained in ER nursing, and has worked as a staff nurse and relief charge nurse. Since 1988, he has utilized his extensive skill set to conduct in-services and employee orientations. His experience includes working in the ER, ICU, PACU, Outpatient Surgery and as the House Supervisor at Glendora Community Hospital in 1990. He also began teaching CPR and donating time to teach Basic Life Support classes at community education centers. 

Sylvia Swager CRRN, BHA, has provided instruction for FlexEd since 2012, focusing on leadership classes, critical thinking, case management and other educational needs to improve the quality of patient care and help others deal with the vast changes and challenges of today’s health care. Swager has a bachelors degree in health administration and a certification in rehabilitation nursing (CRRN).

Who Should Attend? 

Charge nurses looking to develop and strengthen their leadership skills. 

Sherita Rogers