A case study approach: developing critical thinking skills in novice pediatric nurses

J Contin Educ Nurs. 1999 Mar-Apr;30(2):75-8. doi: 10.3928/0022-0124-19990301-09.


Background: The development of critical thinking skills in pediatric nurses is imperative to ensure quality nursing care is delivered. Many new graduates have had limited exposure to pediatric nursing.

Method: The case study method is an approach to develop competencies with real or hypothetical situations.

Results: Case studies provide an interactive teaching-learning strategy that can be applied to novice pediatric nurses in a variety of settings.

Conclusion: By using case studies, nurse educators responsible for the professional development of new graduates, help expand learners' critical thinking as they assume increased responsibility for pediatric nursing care.

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / nursing
  • Child, Preschool
  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nursing Process*
  • Nursing Records*
  • Pediatric Nursing / education*
  • Teaching / methods*
  • Thinking*