Developing critical thinking skills in undergraduate nursing students: The potential for strategic management simulations

Karen LaMartina, Peggy Ward-Smith


Critical thinking is a skill required by nurses in order for sound clinical decisions to be made with optimal patient outcomes. Previous nursing education specific strategies, aimed at developing critical thinking, include high-fidelity simulation, case study discussions, concept-mapping, and reflective writing. Post-graduation nurse residency programs have had some success in preparing the new graduate nurse to take on the challenges and demands of the profession. These strategies have had varied success in developing critical thinking skills and are, at times, costly. The purpose of this article is to explore Strategic Management Simulations (SMS) as an educational strategy for enhancing the development of critical thinking skills among undergraduate nursing students. SMS includes assessment, feedback, and training, which are not included in other strategies.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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