Critical thinking among RN-to-BSN distance students participating in human patient simulation

Kathy L. Rush, Cathy E. Dyches, Susannah Waldrop, Angie Davis

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Abstract

Simulation is a strategy increasingly being used to promote critical thinking skills among baccalaureate nursing (BSN) students. It has been used to a limited extent with RN-to-BSN students, many of whom take their educational program through distance delivery. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the critical thinking of distance RN-to-BSN students who participated in a simulation designed with interactive questions. Students taking the program, either by live televised broadcast (educational television [ETV]) or by online instruction, participated in the simulation. The ETV student simulation was facilitated from a broadcast studio by faculty, whereas Internet students completed the simulation by DVD. Postsimulation students participated in debriefing sessions, which were audiotaped by ETV students and completed by Internet students using a Blackboard® discussion board. Data were analyzed using Scheffer and Rubenfeld's conceptualization of critical thinking. Findings revealed that simulation used by distance delivery cultivated critical thinking in RN-to-BSN students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-507
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Volume47
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Critical thinking among RN-to-BSN distance students participating in human patient simulation. / Rush, Kathy L.; Dyches, Cathy E.; Waldrop, Susannah; Davis, Angie.

In: Journal of Nursing Education, Vol. 47, No. 11, 01.11.2008, p. 501-507.

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Rush, Kathy L. ; Dyches, Cathy E. ; Waldrop, Susannah ; Davis, Angie. / Critical thinking among RN-to-BSN distance students participating in human patient simulation. In: Journal of Nursing Education. 2008 ; Vol. 47, No. 11. pp. 501-507.
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