Making the link between critical appraisal, thinking and analysis

Charlotte Jane Whiffin, Alison Hasselder

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Abstract

Nursing has become an all-graduate profession; as such, student nurses must develop their skills of critical analysis. The need to develop critical analytical thinking has been identified as the single most important skill in undergraduate education and reaching the academic requirements of level six study. In degree-level healthcare programmes, students are frequently asked to complete a structured critical appraisal of research. This paper examines how critical appraisal activities can be an opportunity for students to develop transferable critical thinking skills. Critical appraisal teaches objectivity, reflection, logic and discipline, which encourage students to think critically in both theory and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)831-835
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Volume22
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Academic Writing
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Critical Analysis

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