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      Critical thinking, self-esteem, and state anxiety of nursing students.

      Nurse education today

      Anxiety, diagnosis, prevention & control, psychology, Attitude of Health Personnel, Clinical Competence, standards, Cognition, Cross-Sectional Studies, Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate, organization & administration, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Services Needs and Demand, Humans, Jordan, Multivariate Analysis, Nursing Education Research, Nursing Methodology Research, Personality Inventory, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Questionnaires, Self Concept, Students, Nursing, Thinking

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          This study aimed at exploring the existing predominant critical thinking disposition(s) of baccalaureate nursing students and the relationship among their critical thinking (CT), self-esteem (SE), and state anxiety (SA). Cross-sectional correlational design was utilized to achieve the said aim. A voluntary convenient sample consisted of first year (n=105) and fourth year (n=60) nursing students. The California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, and Spielberger State Anxiety Inventory were used for data collection after their translation to Arabic language and test for validity and reliability. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze data. Results showed that both groups overall CT was marginal indicating no serious deficiency, their SE was average, and their SA was relatively high; they reported analyticity, open-mindedness, systematicity, inquisitiveness, and truth seeking as predominant critical thinking dispositions with no significant difference between them. However, the two groups were weak with significant difference on CT self-confidence (t=-2.053, df=136.904, p=.042) with beginning students reporting poorer level of CT self-confidence. Significant correlation results showed that critical thinking is positively correlated with SE, negatively correlated with SA, and SE is negatively correlated with SA; however, all correlations were actually quite low.

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