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Clinical judgment, Complex care, Critical care, Critical thinking, Education, Trauma care



  1. West, Margaret Mary DNSc, RN
  2. Bross, Gina MSN, RN
  3. Snyder, Melissa MSN, RN, CRNP


Incorporating complex content into a nursing curriculum presents students with the knowledge and thinking skills necessary to enter a career in nursing. A level 1 trauma center is a prefect environment to advance these thinking skills. Nurses act as professional role models and teachers as they clarify and explain their thinking to a student. When experienced nurses show invitational behaviors to students and share their knowledge with them, they ignite a strong desire within the student to progress. Caring, communication, and inclusion are key components that synergize the teaching/learning experience. The development of critical thinking is a continuous process that is best achieved through collaboration between the student, faculty, and professional, experienced nurses.