CRITICAL THINKING IN CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE - PN
Purpose: Assesses the critical thinking skills of nursing students in the context of the nursing practice. This test evaluates students on 17 critical thinking behaviors which measure these five critical thinking skills: interpretation, analysis, evaluation, inference, and explanation. Items are written in the framework of the nursing process and address seven nursing content areas including legal/ethical, leadership, health promotion/risk management, and therapeutic communication.
Format: 120 multiple-choice, four-option items. Twenty-five items are for experimental purposes and not included in the scoring
Administration: Can be administered in two and one half-hours. Schedule at the completion of the nursing program. This test may be administered as a computer-based test (CBT) or paper-based test (PBT). All achievement CBT and PBTs must be administered in a secure, proctored environment unless otherwise directed.
Scoring: A total score and four subscores are provided in the areas of critical thinking skills, nursing content, nursing process, and safe, effective care environment
Norms have been computed so that faculty can compare the performance of their students with that of students in other programs throughout the country. The test report for the Critical Thinking in Clinical Nursing Practice/LPN exam consists of a total score and four subscores. Since no test is a perfect predictor, these scores should not be used in isolation for decision-making purposes. The report provides the total number correct, the percentage correct, and the corresponding percentile rank. The percentile rank indicates the percentage of students falling at or below a specific score in the normative sample.
This enables faculty to compare the performance of their students with a national sample. Subscores are reported to provide diagnostic information and to suggest areas that may require further study.