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What is Clinical Judgement and What Can We Do About It?

nursing students learning about clinical judgement

Nursing and Health Professions faculty agree that the ultimate academic goal for new graduates is clinical judgment and being able to “think like a clinician.” Yet, what is clinical judgment and “thinking like a clinician” actually mean? How can faculty structure learning activities so that students develop a beginning level of competence in this skill?

This whitepaper discusses the underlying thought processes clinicians use in making clinical judgments and suggests some strategies to encourage students to integrate this approach into their clinical practice. A bibliography of selected articles highlighting teaching-learning strategies designed to encourage critical thinking is also provided.

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