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Sharpening Critical Thinking Skills

Online, self-paced CE course

Think on your feet... for better patient outcomes!

Cost: US$30

CE Credit: 3.6 Contact Hours

Subscription Length: 3 weeks

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Audience: This self-paced online CE course is designed for nurses in all practice settings at every level of practice. Any nursing student or nursing professional who works with patients and doctors will greatly benefit from this course.

Interpret and analyze complex situations!

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Have you ever disagreed with a doctor’s order or ever wondered whether a different approach to a situation would have led to a better outcome?

In today’s highly complex healthcare environment, this self-paced online CE course can help you to:

  • Confidently interpret and analyze different situations.
  • Develop your problem-solving skills to develop creative solutions.
  • Ultimately, contribute to better patient outcomes!

For only $30, you will receive three weeks of unlimited, 24-hour access to the course, earning 3.6 contact hours!

Start sharpening your critical thinking in nursing by signing up today!

See how nursing and critical thinking go hand in hand.

In Sharpening Critical Thinking Skills, you’ll master these objectives:

  • Define the concept of critical thinking.
  • Identify the common characteristics of a critical thinker.
  • Differentiate the 3 levels of critical thinking.
  • Describe factors that can positively and negatively impact critical thinking ability.
  • Explain how nurses must use the 6 evidence-based critical thinking skills.

Study nursing critical thinking in an interactive format.

Through exercises and interactions with your peers, you will gain confidence as you apply evidence based nursing to day-to-day situations. This course uses fun e-learning instructional techniques:

  1. Learn by doing — Explore “Links to Knowledge,” visual and graphic aids, and key terms as you navigate through the course contents.

  2. Solidify your knowledge — Complete fun and interactive exercises, including multiple-choice and matching assessments.

  3. Reflect on what you learn — Complete short-answer and essay questions in the downloadable workbook. Note: Completion of the workbook may be necessary to meet board of nursing requirements.

  4. Complete the course at your own pace — Guide yourself through the course and complete assignments at your convenience.

At the end of the course, evaluate your understanding of key concepts by completing the posttest. A score of 75% or above is required to receive your contact hours.

Put your nursing critical thinking skills to work! Sign up now.


Developed by: This course was developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

Author(s): Donna Ignatavicius, MS, RN, Cm

Background: Donna Ignatavicius, MS, RN, Cm, nationally recognized as an expert in medical-surgical and gerontological nursing, has a wealth of experience as a clinical nurse specialist, educator, and nursing administrator for over 30 years. She has taught at the diploma and baccalaureate levels. Currently she provides continuing education and consultation to the nursing community. She has authored a number of articles and books, including Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking for Collaborative Care, 4th ed., An Introduction to Long Term Care Nursing, and the Core Curriculum for Case Management (with Suzanne Powell).