Concepts of critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment are often used interchangeably. However, they are not one and the same, and understanding subtle difference among them is important. Following a review of the literature for definitions and uses of the terms, the author provides a summary focused on similarities and differences in the processes of critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment and notes suggested methods of measuring each.
Author Affiliation: Director, Clinical Nursing Simulation Center. School of Nursing, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
The author declares no conflict of interest.
Correspondence: Ms Victor-Chmil, Wilkes University School of Nursing, 84 West South St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766 (email@example.com).