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An Exercise in Critical Thinking Using Role Playing

Jenkins, Peggy MS, CCRN; Turick-Gibson, Theresa MA, CPNP, RNC


Attitudes, knowledge, and skills of critical thinking are developed in a role-playing simulation. Using diabetes mellitus, students solve lifelike problems within the role-playing experience, develop sensitivity and awareness of another's life experience with illness, and generate empathy toward persons with diabetes. Critical thinking is demonstrated in student's double-entry journals.

Peggy Jenkins, MS, CCRN, Associate Professor of Nursing, e-mail:, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York,

Theresa Turick-Gibson, MA, CPNP, RNC, Professor of Nursing, e-mail:

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