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ERIC Number: ED583408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 132
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-0-3555-4524-1
A Correlational Study on Critical Thinking in Nursing as an Outcome Variable for Success
Porter, Rebecca Jean
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Liberty University
Critical thinking is a required curricular outcome for nursing education; however, the literature shows a gap related to valid and reliable tools to measure critical thinking specific to nursing and relating that critical thinking measurement to meaningful outcomes. This study examined critical thinking scores, as measured by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Critical Thinking Exam (CTE), to determine if a statistically significant predictive association existed between critical thinking scores, successful Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program completion, and National Certification Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) pass rates. The research was conducted in a semi-urban, hospital-based, ASN program and included 550 students obtained by convenience sampling in a retrospective, predictive correlational study. Logistical analysis was conducted to determine if any relationships existed between the variables of interest while controlling for confounding variables such as nursing course grade point average (GPA) and preadmission ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores. Critical thinking was found to be a positive predictor of student success [program completion (p = 0.012); NCLEX success (p = 0.002)] as were TEAS [program completion (p = 0.003); NCLEX success (p = 0.001)] and nursing course GPA [NCLEX success (p = 0.001)]. However, cumulative effects for the three variables were not found to increase the predictive power of the model and none of the variables were deemed good predictors of failure. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses
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