Implementation and evaluation of critical thinking strategies to enhance critical thinking skills in Middle Eastern nurses.

Simpson, Elaine & Courtney, Mary D. (2009) Implementation and evaluation of critical thinking strategies to enhance critical thinking skills in Middle Eastern nurses. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 14(6), pp. 449-454.

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to develop, implement and evaluate critical thinking strategies to enhance critical thinking skills in Middle Eastern nurses.---- Basic Procedure: Critical thinking strategies such as questioning, debate, role-play and small group activity were developed and used in a professional development program which was trialed on a sample of Middle Eastern nurses (n=20), to promote critical thinking skills, encourage problem solving, development of clinical judgment-making and care prioritization in order to improve patient care and outcomes.---- Findings and Conclusion: Classroom learning was transformed from memorization to interaction and active participation. The intervention program was successful in developing critical thinking skills in both the nurse educators and student nurses in this program. This program successfully integrated critical thinking strategies into a Middle Eastern nursing curriculum ---- Recommendations: 1. Utilize evidence-based practice and stem questions to encourage the formulation of critical thinking questions; 2. Support the needs of nurse educators for them to effectively implement teaching strategies to foster critical thinking skills; 3. Adopt creative approaches to: (i) transform students into interactive participants (ii) open students’ minds, stimulate higher-level thinking and problem solving abilities.

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ID Code: 18485
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Thinking strategies, Questioning, Debate, Role-play, Small group activity
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2008.00719.x
ISSN: 1322-7114
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
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Deposited On: 07 Apr 2009 00:13
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:44

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