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Do Problem-Solving Skills Affect Success in Nursing Process Applications? An Application Among Turkish Nursing Students


  • Funding: The author(s) received no financial support for the research and/or authorship of this article.
  • Conflicts of interest: No conflict of interest has been declared by the authors.
  • This study was presented as a poster presentation at the 17th International Nursing Research Conference, November 12–15, 2013, Lleida, Spain.



This study aimed to determine the relationship between problem-solving and nursing process application skills of nursing.


This is a longitudinal and correlational study. The sample included 71 students. An information form, Problem-Solving Inventory, and nursing processes the students presented at the end of clinical courses were used for data collection.


Although there was no significant relationship between problem-solving skills and nursing process grades, improving problem-solving skills increased successful grades.


Problem-solving skills and nursing process skills can be concomitantly increased.

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Students were suggested to use critical thinking, practical approaches, and care plans, as well as revising nursing processes in order to improve their problem-solving skills and nursing process application skills.