Assessment: Problem Solving Skills and Critical Thinking Skills for Nursing Students

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1. Discuss how you might assess or evaluate problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills for nursing students. Provide specific examples to support your position This is actually a very good question since a cursory literature research on the topic shows that there are various ways of defining critical thinking skills in general and in particular as regards nursing students. Watson and Glazer (1980), for instance, define critical thinking as being a composite of attitudes, knowledge, and skills. These include the following: the ability to recognize existence of a problem and the skills to further investigate the potbelly and see if one can come to a solution knowledge of the nature of valid inferences, abstractions, and generalizations according to which different kinds of evidence are logically determined; and skills in applying both eh attitude of a critical assessment and profile and knowledge of logical thinking skills. In a similar way, Ennis (2002) described critical thinking as "reflective reasonable thinking..." (p.45) Scheffer and Rubenfeld (2000), on the other hand, state that when it comes to nursing however further characteristics are required and these include confidence, contextual perspective, creativity, flexibility, inquisitiveness, intellectual integrity, intuition, open-mindedness, perseverance, and reflection. "Skills of critical thinking in nursing, " they say, "consist of analyzing, applying standards, discriminating, information
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