Critical Thinking for Nurses
Excellence in nursing education demands that the best candidates in the applicant pool should be enrolled and educated to be the best professionals possible. Deans of Schools of Nursing know that poor critical thinking results in weak problem solving and sub-optimal patient outcomes. Leading programs are using Insight Assessment instruments to identify candidates with the strongest reasoning skills, the desire to apply those skills, and the greatest potential to succeed in their nursing education. They know that Insight Assessment tools are calibrated and externally normed to assist them in evaluating incoming cohorts, developing an effective curriculum, and documenting exiting students’ critical thinking learning outcomes. These data support their student admissions, student advising, professional accreditation, learning outcomes assessment, curricular evaluation and research programs. Scores on these tools are predictive of clinical ratings, licensure and successful transition to the workplace.
Assessments for Health Care
Insight Assessment offers a comprehensive selection of critical test instruments that are calibrated to measure critical thinking thinking skills and dispositions of specific test takers. These test instruments include:
- The Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT) is specifically designed for health sciences and health care professional preparation programs. 4-yr undergraduate and graduate school norms are available. Scores on this instrument have been found to predict successful professional licensure and high clinical performance ratings.
- The Health Sciences Reasoning Test – Associate Degree (HSRT-AD) is the form of the HSRT designed and calibrated specifically for use by certificate, two year or associate degree nursing programs.
- The California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) is being used worldwide to provide valid, objective and reliable measures of the core reasoning and critical thinking skill of undergraduate and graduate students. The CCTST has been proven to predict strength in critical thinking in authentic problem situations.
- The California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI) measures test takers’ motivation to apply critical thinking skills in decision making and problem solving. The CCTDI is calibrated for use with the general adult population including workers and working professionals at all levels, and for students in grades 10 and above.
Nursing schools around the country are documenting the critical thinking skills of prospective or current students. As the attached research paper indicates, the link between critical thinking and clinical judgment is solid. Nursing has been the leader among the health professions in focusing on training for critical thinking. Insight Assessment has proudly supported these efforts and collaborated with nurse educators for over twenty-five years.
Our cost-and-time-effective tests of critical thinking skills rely on case-based scenarios to provide objective, valid and reliable measures of core problem solving and decision making skills. Used by government agencies, medical centers and hiring consultants to identify the strongest employment candidates, assessment solutions are available for on-line testing or paper-and-pencil testing.