Developing critical thinking skills from clinical assignments: a pilot study on nursing students’ self-reported perceptions
Article first published online: 9 DEC 2010
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Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Achieving Excellence in Nursing Management Issue editor: Kristiina Hyrkäs
Volume 19, Issue 1, pages 143–152, January 2011
How to Cite
MARCHIGIANO, G., EDULJEE, N. and HARVEY, K. (2011), Developing critical thinking skills from clinical assignments: a pilot study on nursing students’ self-reported perceptions. Journal of Nursing Management, 19: 143–152. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2010.01191.x
- Issue published online: 12 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 9 DEC 2010
- Accepted for publication: 13 September 2010
- clinical journaling;
- nursing education;
- teaching methods;
- thinking skills
Marchigiano G., Eduljee N. & Harvey K. (2011) Journal of Nursing Management 19, 143–152 Developing critical thinking skills from clinical assignments: a pilot study on nursing students’ self-reported perceptions
Aim Clinical assignments in nursing education provide opportunities for students to develop thinking skills vital to the effective delivery of patient care. The purpose of the present study was to examine students’ perceived levels of confidence for using thinking skills when completing two types of clinical assignments.
Background Clinical educators and managers are challenged to develop teaching and learning strategies that help students think critically and reflectively and transfer these skills into sound nursing practice.
Method This study is based on the theoretical framework of critical thinking within the nursing process framework. Undergraduate nursing students (n = 51) completed surveys indicating their confidence in using seven thinking skills for nursing care.
Results Students indicated significantly more confidence when implementing the journal format as compared with the care plan format when analysing information, determining relevance, making connections, selecting appropriate information, applying relevant knowledge and evaluating outcomes.
Conclusions The findings of the present study propose a new approach for enhancing students’ thinking skills. Journaling is an effective strategy for enhancing students’ thinking skills.
Implications for Nursing Management Nursing managers are in key organisational positions for supporting and promoting the use of the journal format and building supportive and collaborative learning environments for students to develop thinking skills for managing patient care.