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Baccalaureate Nursing Curriculum, Bilingual Nursing Students, Critical Thinking, Diverse Nursing Students, Nursing Residency



  1. Wright, Joyce


Abstract: Critical thinking is an analytical attribute for nurses to make accurate clinical decisions. This study examined critical thinking progression though a concurrent RN-BSN program and nursing residency for a diverse cohort of associate degree graduates. A pretest/posttest design revealed improvement in scores; however, no statistical significance was established. There was a statistically significant (p = .015) reduction in scores for a bilingual subset group in the subcategories of Prioritization of Care and Ethical Dilemmas. Future research is warranted to assess critical thinking progression and critical thinking test construction with diverse students.