Aims and objectives. The aim of this study was to test the Chinese version of the Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CTDI-CV) among nurses in Taiwan.
Background. Critical thinking is the use of purposeful self-regulatory judgments to identify patient’s problems and provide patient care. Critical thinking influences nurses’ decision making. To date, no inventory to understand nurse’s critical thinking disposition has been developed.
Design. This was a survey design with a stratified random sampling to test the reliability and validity of the CTDI-CV.
Methods. The participants comprised 864 registered nurses who were chosen by stratified random sampling from seven hospitals in Taiwan. Data were collected through self-administered structured questionnaires.
Results. A new scale, short form (SF) CTDI-CV, contains 18 items with three subscales: ‘systematic analysis’, ‘thinking within the box’ and ‘thinking out of the box’, was generated from the analysis with 44% explained variance. Cronbach’s alpha coefficients and intra-class correlation coefficients for overall and subscale were above 0·8. Goodness-of-fit test for the final model of SF-CTDI-CV revealed an acceptable result in the overall fit (χ2/df = 4·04, p < 0·05, GFI = 0·93, AGFI = 0·91, SRMR = 0·076, RMSEA = 0·059).
Conclusion. On the basis of these results, the SF-CTDI-CV is a reliable instrument for assessing critical thinking disposition for nurses.
Relevance to clinical practice. A short and valid critical thinking instrument for nurses will facilitate critical thinking research in the clinical practice arena. When designing continuing education activities, clinical educators will be able to efficiently and effectively evaluate the quality of critical thinking among practicing nurses.