On a Career Ladder: Critical Thinking Demands and Development

Evaluating the importance of critical thinking along the continuum of a nursing career ladder.

Kama D. Dodge & Barbra-Ann Frazier

Critical thinking is essential in most jobs. The results of the following US study show how critical thinking is increasingly important when moving up the nursing career ladder. The results also show the increase in demand for critical thinking skills is not fully met by higher levels of education or additional work experience typical of advanced nursing positions. Implications for training are discussed.