Critical thinking in nursing education: literature review

Simpson, Elaine & Courtney, Mary D. (2002) Critical thinking in nursing education: literature review. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 8(April), pp. 89-98.

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The need for critical thinking in nursing has been accentuated in response to the rapidly changing health care environment. Nurses must think critically to provide effective care whilst coping with the expansion in role associated with the complexities of current health care systems. This literature review will present a history of inquiry into critical thinking and research to support the conclusion that critical thinking is necessary not only in the clinical practice setting, but also as an integral component of nursing education programs to promote the development of nurses’ critical thinking abilities. The aims of this paper are:

    (a) to review the literature on critical thinking;
    (b) to examine the dimensions of critical thinking;
    (c) to investigate the various critical thinking strategies for their appropriateness to enhance critical thinking in nurses, and;
    (d) to examine issues relating to evaluation of critical thinking skills in nursing.

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ID Code: 263
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: critical thinking, nursing education, evaluation instruments, skills, strategies
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-172x.2002.00340.x
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Blackwell Publishing
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Deposited On: 29 Jul 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2016 23:36

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