Ethical debates: enhancing critical thinking in nursing students

Nurse Educ. Jan-Feb 2003;28(1):37-9. doi: 10.1097/00006223-200301000-00013.


The use of classroom debates can be helpful in teaching ethical content that is often nebulous and difficult for students to comprehend and apply. Debates enhance critical thinking skills through researching issues and developing a stance that can be supported in scientific literature. The authors describe a student debate project involving ethical issues with chronically ill clients. Many students changed their views during the debates. Students evaluated the debates as a positive learning experience.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Chronic Disease / nursing
  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / ethics*
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / methods*
  • Ethics, Nursing*
  • Humans
  • Knowledge
  • Models, Educational
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Program Evaluation
  • Speech*
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching / ethics*
  • Teaching / methods*
  • Thinking / ethics*