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  1. Vihos, Jill PhD, RN
  2. Chute, Andrea MN, RN
  3. Carlson, Sue MScN, RN
  4. Buro, Karen PhD
  5. Velupillai, Nirudika BSc
  6. Currie, Tami BScN, RN


Background: It is essential to explore virtual learning experiences to identify their impact on nursing students' learning.


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the virtual delivery of a health assessment laboratory course and nursing students' clinical judgment.


Methods: Using a mixed-methods explanatory sequential design, the investigators appraised the final laboratory examinations of both in-person and virtual delivery cohorts using the Lasater Clinical Judgment Rubric (LCJR) and then interviewed faculty members.


Results: The LCJR total mean scores (mean = 10.64) and mean scores for Effective Noticing (mean = 3.48) were higher for the virtual delivery students. The faculty reported that virtual delivery advances students' critical appraisal skills related to subjective assessment but advocated for in-person delivery to develop physical examination techniques.


Conclusion: Although the mean clinical judgment scores were higher for the students whose course delivery was virtual, in-person experiences are necessary to develop psychomotor techniques to prepare students for clinical practice.