Critical Thinking Cards: Transforming Classroom Knowledge and Clinical Judgment

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/602916
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Poster
Title:
Critical Thinking Cards: Transforming Classroom Knowledge and Clinical Judgment
Author(s):
Holland, Cindra S.; Ulrich, Deborah; Ulrich, Deborah
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Zeta Phi
Author Details:
Cindra S. Holland, DNP, RNC-OB, ACNS-BC, cindra.holland@wright.edu; Deborah Ulrich, RN
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, November 9, 2015 and Tuesday, November 10, 2015: Introduction Critical thinking is an essential component for nursing students to become successful practitioners. It is vital for educators to help students learn to apply classroom content to the clinical setting (Benner, Sutphen, Leonard, & Day, 2010). This is a challenge for nurse educators. The purpose of this descriptive study was to develop an intervention that required students to use knowledge to solve clinical issues. Outcome measures included the intervention’s effectiveness in helping students apply class content, as well as improve clinical judgment and critical thinking skills. Methods Faculty teaching in a junior level obstetrics course at a Midwestern university were presented with a deck of 116 Critical Thinking Cards to utilize as an intervention with students in the clinical setting. The cards were divided into four categories: Antepartum, Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, and Newborn and included questions that required students to use critical thinking to apply course content to various common scenarios. Two researcher created surveys were used to gather data from students (n=66) and faculty (n=4) regarding the effectiveness of the intervention. Results  The vast majority of students stated that the activity helped them apply content from class and claimed the activity also helped them improve clinical judgment. Positive feedback was received from faculty who utilized Critical Thinking Cards as a teaching strategy during clinical. Faculty liked the variety of questions included in the deck and felt that the cards reinforced content from class. Discussion Critical thinking cards are a valuable tool that promotes multiple active learning skills. Faculty used the cards as springboards for individual and group discussion related to the content of the question on the card. Some faculty used the cards during “down time” in clinical, and others used them as post conference activities. Students seemed to enjoy the activity and felt it helped them improve clinical judgment. Conclusion  Critical thinking cards incorporate active learning skills designed to enhance knowledge of course content and increase critical thinking skills. This creative teaching strategy resulted in positive outcomes for both students and faculty. More research is needed to determine how to best use the cards, what faculty characteristics tend to be associated with better learning outcomes, and how the cards work with students of different levels and in different clinical settings.
Keywords:
Active learning; Critical thinking; Clinical judgment
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15SC2.41
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePosteren
dc.titleCritical Thinking Cards: Transforming Classroom Knowledge and Clinical Judgmenten
dc.contributor.authorHolland, Cindra S.en
dc.contributor.authorUlrich, Deborahen
dc.contributor.authorUlrich, Deborahen
dc.contributor.departmentZeta Phien
dc.author.detailsCindra S. Holland, DNP, RNC-OB, ACNS-BC, cindra.holland@wright.edu; Deborah Ulrich, RNen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/602916en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, November 9, 2015 and Tuesday, November 10, 2015: Introduction Critical thinking is an essential component for nursing students to become successful practitioners. It is vital for educators to help students learn to apply classroom content to the clinical setting (Benner, Sutphen, Leonard, & Day, 2010). This is a challenge for nurse educators. The purpose of this descriptive study was to develop an intervention that required students to use knowledge to solve clinical issues. Outcome measures included the intervention’s effectiveness in helping students apply class content, as well as improve clinical judgment and critical thinking skills. Methods Faculty teaching in a junior level obstetrics course at a Midwestern university were presented with a deck of 116 Critical Thinking Cards to utilize as an intervention with students in the clinical setting. The cards were divided into four categories: Antepartum, Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, and Newborn and included questions that required students to use critical thinking to apply course content to various common scenarios. Two researcher created surveys were used to gather data from students (n=66) and faculty (n=4) regarding the effectiveness of the intervention. Results  The vast majority of students stated that the activity helped them apply content from class and claimed the activity also helped them improve clinical judgment. Positive feedback was received from faculty who utilized Critical Thinking Cards as a teaching strategy during clinical. Faculty liked the variety of questions included in the deck and felt that the cards reinforced content from class. Discussion Critical thinking cards are a valuable tool that promotes multiple active learning skills. Faculty used the cards as springboards for individual and group discussion related to the content of the question on the card. Some faculty used the cards during “down time” in clinical, and others used them as post conference activities. Students seemed to enjoy the activity and felt it helped them improve clinical judgment. Conclusion  Critical thinking cards incorporate active learning skills designed to enhance knowledge of course content and increase critical thinking skills. This creative teaching strategy resulted in positive outcomes for both students and faculty. More research is needed to determine how to best use the cards, what faculty characteristics tend to be associated with better learning outcomes, and how the cards work with students of different levels and in different clinical settings.en
dc.subjectActive learningen
dc.subjectCritical thinkingen
dc.subjectClinical judgmenten
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:39:25Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:39:25Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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