The traditional nursing clinical education model of total patient care is becoming inadequate. New models are needed to foster deeper clinical thinking, thereby affecting students' development of clinical judgment. Concept-based learning activities, first introduced in 1990, offer a focus on a specific concept. This study evaluated the effect of concept-based learning activities on the development of clinical judgment in baccalaureate nursing students. The clinical judgment of students who were and were not exposed to concept-based learning activities was compared. Quantitative data were analyzed using a univariate analysis. In addition, a focus group consisting of members of the treatment group provided qualitative data. Results suggest concept-based learning activities are a clinical learning strategy that should be considered by faculty to deepen clinical thinking in preparation for reaching sound clinical judgments.
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