A quantitative study exploring undergraduate nursing students' perception of their critical thinking and clinical decision making ability while using apps at the point of care
Sedgwick, Monique G.
Awosoga, Olu A.
The purpose of this study was to explore how a smartphone app inﬂuences undergraduate nursing students’ perceptions of their critical thinking and clinical decision making ability at the point of care. Using a pretest-posttest approach, the ﬁndings suggest that there were no statistically signiﬁcant differences in the participants’ perception of their critical thinking and clinical decision making ability over time. Statistically signiﬁcant ﬁndings on four questionnaire items pertaining to participants’ perception in their ability to engage in evidence based practice over time suggests that experience with the app, led the participants to believe the app provided them with the information they needed in order to engage in evidence based practice. Consequently, they were less likely to seek information from other sources. Although having learning resources available in clinical practice environments mightenhancecriticalthinkingability,perhapscounterintuitively,theﬁndingsinthisstudysuggestthathavingaccesstoaclinical mobile app did not positively inﬂuence the participants’ perceived critical thinking ability. Nurse educators therefore, must teach students how to be active learners as well as role model the proper use of critical thinking skills. Students need to be reminded to use institutional policies and procedure manuals as well as other appropriate sources of information. Last, students need to see registered nurses use critical thinking and clinical decision making dispositions by asking comprehensive questions, exploring assumptions and inferences, and incorporating varying resources into their decisions.
Sherpa Romeo green journal. Open access article. Creative Commons Attribution License applies.
Undergraduate nursing students , Preceptorship , Mobile technologies , Critical thinking , Clinical decision making , Smartphone app , Clinical mobile app , Evidence-based practice , Nurse educators
Sedwick, M. G., Awosoga, O., Grigg, L., & Durnin, J. (2016). A quantitative study exploring undergraduate nursing students' perception of their critical thinking and clinical decision making ability while using apps at the point of care. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6(10). http://dx.doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v6n10p1