Critical thinking: impact on nursing education


Dr S A Jones Chairperson Department of Nursing College of Education and Health Sciences Bradley University, Peoria Illinois 61625 USA


Critical thinking is considered an essential component of nursing science As a concept in nursing education, however, critical thinking is not clearly understood nor systematically applied A survey of deans and directors of baccalaureate and higher-degree schools of nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing examined perceptions of critical thinking as it is currently characterized in nursing education Results indicated that critical thinking was conceptualized as a variant of the scientific method It was explicated as a rational-linear problem-solving activity which reflected the nursing process The findings demonstrated the respondents' lack of clarity about the fullest expression of the mechanisms and operations of critical thinking process and applications