Singapore Nursing Research Conference

March 26-28, 2020 | Singapore

Zhang Juxia

Potential Speaker for Top Nursing Conferences 2020- Zhang Juxia
Zhang Juxia
Gansu Provincial Hospital, China
Title : Critical thinking abilities among newly graduated Nurses of diploma, associate, and baccalaureate programs


The present study was to describe critical thinking dispositions among newly graduated nurses in China, and to study whether background data had any impact on critical thinking dispositions. A cross-sectional descriptive study was performed. The data were collected between January 2018 and May 2018 using the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory(CCTDI). The mean age of the participating nurses was 20.85±1.801 years. Overall, only 4.1% of new graduated students reported that they are interested in the nursing profession, while 40.8% were moderately and 66.1% were uninterested, respectively. Pressure from workplace was high for 68.4% of them. The mean critical thinking scores were 38.33±3.61,38.19±3.36 and 39.60±3.83 for new nurses of diploma, associate, and baccalaureate programs, respectively (P=0.006). Significant differences were found among three educational level nurses in terms of their mean scores for the open-mindedness, analysis and inquisitiveness subscales. New nurses with baccalaureate degree obtained the highest mean scores, respectively. When dichotomizing total CCTDI scores into high (i.e. strong disposition and positive inclination) and low (i.e. ambivalent and strong opposition towards critical thinking), nearly 80% of the respondents fell into low score group (i.e. 279 or lower), while approximately one-fifth (27%) fell into the high score group (i.e.280 or higher). No respondents reported strong opposition towards critical thinking. Using Pearson’s correlation coefficient, significant correlation was found among the new graduated nurses’ critical thinking scores and their age, educational level, whether reading professional literature and attitude towards the nursing profession. Nurse leaders and teachers should encourage and cultivate the critical thinking of newly graduated nurses and nursing students. The low score of Truth-seeking found in nursing education may be the result of traditional teaching strategies, and it may indicate that more students need active learning model.


Mrs. Zhang studied Nursing at the Ninxia Medical University, China and graduated as MS in 2014. in Evidence-Based Medicine Center of Lanzhou University, so she is familiar with conduction of systematic review, meta-analysis, assessment reporting quality of SR or meta-analysis using PRISMA and AMSTAR guidelines, assessment of reporting quality of RCTs using CONSORT. She is the in-charge of two research programs which focusing on care model of patients with AD, and have good experiences in nursing research.  She has published more than 20 research articles with 2 in SCI(E) journals.


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