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Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing


The purpose of this descriptive, correlational study was to determine if a relationship exists between critical thinking skills and self-efficacy in Associate Degree nursing students. A convenience sample of 30 nursing students in their second year of an Associate Degree RN program was used. The framework for this study utilized Bandura's social cognitive theory and Benner's nursing theory of skill acquisition and development. Critical thinking skills were measured by the California Critical Thinking Skills Test. Self-efficacy was measured by the Generalized Perceived Self-Efficacy Scale. Demographic data of age, gender, marital status, number of dependents, employment status, and income were obtained to determine if there were any relationships or differences related to critical thinking or selfefficacy. A positive correlation was found between critical thinking skills and perceived self-efficacy (r =.40, p = .03). A replication of this study with a larger sample would be recommended. A longitudinal study might indicate changes that occur as the student progresses in the learning process with regard to critical thinking skills and self-efficacy.


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