Mentoring Students and Orientees: Considerations in Sharing Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgment

Author(s): Debra Siela, Renee Twibell

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Decision-making

Role: Educator, Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Many bedside critical care nurses act in the role of preceptor or mentor for students and orientees. One of the most important aspects of the mentor/preceptor role during care at the bedside is sharing of critical-thinking processes and formation of clinical judgments, or how to think as a nurse. A bedside nurse can assist students and orientees to master nurse thinking. Discussion includes strategies of how nurses can share nurse thinking with consideration of generation and different learning styles.


  • Describe nursing critical thinking and clinical judgment for students and orientees.
  • Discuss strategies for mentors and preceptors to assist students and orientees in mastering nurse thinking.
  • Explain generation and learning styles and how these may affect mastery of nurse thinking.

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Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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